More than 370 people signed a petition at the Skanner Foundation’s annual Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast saying that Delta Park should be renamed Vanport after the town that was destroyed in the great Vanport Flood of 1948.
The Skanner News has been at the forefront of efforts to commemorate the Vanport Flood, through the North Portland Multimedia Training Center, a project of The Skanner Foundation.
The Skanner has supported public screenings of The Wake of Vanport, produced by the North Portland Multimedia Training Center, which included interviews with flood survivors.
The Skanner News also welcomes the contributions of Vanport Mosaic, a separate community project that is producing a festival in May 2017 focused on the Vanport stories.
We have had many calls confusing our work with theirs. We want to emphasize that while they started out working through the Skanner Foundation, they are now a completely separate organization with no affiliation to The Skanner News.
We wish them well.
The next screening of The Skanner Foundation's Wake of Vanport will be held March 2017. Subscribe to our breaking news and events email to learn more. To sign an online petition to change the name of Delta Park to Vanport, click here.