What's New in the Blue Book?
We called, emailed 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 Web Exhibits gallery features a new exhibit about Recreation in the Cascades. This exhibit uses photos, artwork and memorabilia to highlight some of the many ways that Oregonians have had fun in the mountains since 1900.
Another new exhibit, entitled Rest in Peace: Exploring Oregon's Cemeteries, displays selected photographs from some interesting Oregon cemeteries. The images offer a glimpse at the wide range of ways that people represent themselves and their loved ones in death.
A final new exhibit shares winning essays about Oregon from a Secretary of State’s Office contest. Elementary school students answered the question: What is your favorite thing to do in Oregon’s great outdoors? Middle school students answered the question: Where would you take a friend for a fun outdoor activity and what would you do?
The Notable Oregonians Guide has updated biographical sketches and five new entries, including famed artist Mark Rothko and impressive musician/singer Esperanza Spalding.
The Oregon Almanac has updated text and statistics. There are also new special highway designations and new Oregon Olympian entries.
The Economy essay is new and has new statistics.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information and program descriptions. Many state agency descriptions have been rewritten to reflect major functional changes.
State agency descriptions include links to a number of new administrative histories and records retention schedules.
The Elections section has 2016 election results.
The Government Finance essay is new and features all-new tables and graphs.
The Constitution section includes the 2016 edition as well as a link to an updated history of the Oregon Constitution.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information and descriptions.
The City Government section now has dozens of new photographs illustrating cities.
City and county populations have been updated to recent census numbers.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information, descriptions and Web links.
Oregon Recreation History is documented in an all-new illustrated essay.
The History chronology has been expanded and revised to 2016.
The Public Education page features an all-new description that reflects sweeping organizational changes.
Major organizational changes related to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission are described.
Explore Oregon section
The Oregon Movie Guide offers updated chronology information.
The Oregon Authors Book Guide provides updated descriptions and snippets or full electronic versions of selected books written by Oregon authors, including a new entry about Tom Spanbauer.
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 2017-2018 print version of the Blue Book.
Photographers can now enter the Cover Photo Contest by email. Simply complete the fillable PDF form and attach it and your photos to an email. Postal mail entries are also accepted.
Over 100 new scenic photos, including some great entries from the cover photo contest, have been added to various sections of the Oregon Blue Book to illustrate a topic or simply to give readers a glimpse of our beautiful state.
The Facebook page for the Oregon Blue Book continues to keep readers apprised of ongoing new and interesting Oregon trivia, events and places.