A “miracle city.” A “sociological experiment.” A “municipal monstrosity.” A “nasty ghetto.” During its short life span (1942-1948), Vanport--Oregon’s second largest city and the nation’s largest public housing project--drew national attention and conflicting opinions. For the over 40,000 people who lived there, Vanport was simply their home. When the Columbia River flooded on May 31 of 1948, Memorial Day, the entire city was erased from the map and from much of Portland’s memory in a single day. Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is a story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance. JANUARY 16TH - 23RD INDEPENDENCE CIVIC CENTER – 2ND FLOOR; HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS) SPONSORED BY: Independence Heritage Museum and the Heritage Museum Commission.