If you missed our session at Pearson Air Museum – or if you attended and are eager for more – or if you just like the idea of consuming beer, pizza, and rich history all in one gulp – you’ll wan attend next Monday’s History Pub:
History Pub “Swept Away: Vanport and the Memorial Day Flood” May 18, 7PM
World War II brought shipyards, workers, and a massive housing shortage to the Portland area. In 1942, the federal government and industrialist Henry Kaiser built Vanport, a “temporary” city located between Portland city limits and the Columbia River. With 40,000 residents, Vanport was one of only two federally funded wartime housing communities in Oregon that accepted African Americans. At war’s end, people remained and many returning veterans found housing there. On May 30, 1948, a massive flood destroyed the city, killing an estimated 20 people and leaving thousands homeless. Donna Sinclair will discuss the city’s “de-facto” segregation and newly discovered information about the flood. Ed Washington and Allen Cummings, former Vanport residents, will share their memories of the flood.
History Pub takes place at the Kennedy School, located at 5736 NE 33rd Avenue in Portland.