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 Scenic Images and Exhibits gallery features a new exhibit about Oregon's Early Rural Schools. This exhibit uses photos, artwork and memorabilia to highlight the colorful history of rural education in Oregon before World War II.
Another new exhibit shares winning essays about Oregon from a Secretary of State’s Office contest. Elementary school students answered the question: Why do you like living in Oregon? Middle school students answered the question: Where is your favorite place to visit in Oregon and why?
A final new exhibit explores the incredibly diverse Oregon landscapes by showing one scenic photo from each of the 36 counties.
The Notable Oregonians Guide has updated biographical sketches and four new entries, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
The Oregon Almanac has updated text. There are also new entries such as listings of the largest alternative energy wind, solar and geothermal projects.
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 2014 election results and new detail maps for legislative districts in the Portland area.
The Government Finance essay is new and features all new tables and graphs.
The Constitution section includes the 2014 edition.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information and descriptions.
The City Government section now has links to related resources such as American FactFinder census data, Oregon Encyclopedia descriptions and Wikipedia descriptions.
City and county populations have been updated to recent census numbers.
The entire section includes up-to-date contact information, descriptions and Web links.
The History chronology has been expanded and revised to 2014.
The Public Education page features an all-new description that reflects sweeping organizational changes.
New boards of trustees for individual public universities are described.
Explore Oregon section
The Oregon Authors Book Guide provides updated descriptions and snippets or full electronic versions of selected books written by Oregon authors.
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 2015-2016 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.
The Facebook page for the Oregon Blue Book keeps readers apprised of ongoing new and interesting Oregon trivia, events and places.