What's New in the Blue Book?
We called, e-mailed, and faxed hundreds of government offices, television and radio stations, newspapers, cultural institutions, and others in an effort to gather the most up-to-date information. Here is a quick overview of some of the changes by section:
The Notable Oregonians Guide has updated descriptions and four new entries.
The Oregon Almanac has updated text and is illustrated with more images. There are also new entries such as listings of the largest alternative energy projects and, of course, the new state soil.
The Economy essay is revised and has new statistics.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information and program descriptions.
State agency descriptions include links to a number of new administrative histories and records retention schedules.
The Government Finance essay is revised and features all new tables and graphs.
The Constitution section includes the 2011 edition.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information, descriptions, and population statistics.
More cities in the City Government section have an image of the city or the nearby area.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information, descriptions, and Web links.
The History narrative section now has more links to related resources within the Blue Book and to outside sources.
Explore Oregon section
An Oregon Movie Guide offers descriptions and trailers or clips of selected movies with Oregon connections.
An Oregon Authors Book Guide provides descriptions and snippets or full electronic versions of selected books written by Oregon authors.
Oregon Focus entries include Native American legends, people to know, and more information about selected state symbols.
Your Polls give kids and adults a chance to weigh in on a wide range of subjects.
Oregon Topics section
All of the links and descriptions have been updated.
Blue Book generally
The new winners of the Blue Book cover photo contest are featured. The images grace the front and back covers of the 2013-2014 print version of the Blue Book.
Scattered throughout the pages of the Blue Book are hundreds of scenic images. Dozens were selected from the hundreds submitted in this year's contest alone. These are supplemented by many excellent entries from previous contests. The images give readers a glimpse of the remarkable beauty and diversity of the state.
A Facebook page for the Oregon Blue Book keeps readers apprised of ongoing new and interesting features as well as fun facts, trivia, and quizzes.