Oregonians of all ages invited to contribute to Blue Book

Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins announced two opportunities for Oregonians to contribute to the 2017-2018 Oregon Blue Book today: an essay contest for students and a photo competition for the cover of the Blue Book. The Oregon Blue Book is the official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon, Oregon’s arts and history organizations, our education systems, our elections history, our economy and how various levels of government are financed. The Blue Book is compiled and published by the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

“Oregonians have skied, fished, hiked, boated, biked and camped across our beautiful state,” said Atkins. “This is why we’ve chosen to focus the next edition of the Blue Book on outdoor recreation in Oregon. There are many stories to tell, in words and image, and I encourage Oregonians to contribute. This is their state and this is their book.”

The 2017-2018 Oregon Blue Book will focus on Oregon’s outdoor recreational activities and include a color insert celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail, specifically through the Oregon Cascades.

“The Blue Book is Oregon’s time capsule, and by focusing each Blue Book on a new theme about our great state, we hope the Blue Book continues to be a beloved collector’s item for all who love Oregon,” said State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert.

In keeping with a new tradition, the Secretary of State invites Oregon’s students to contribute to the Blue Book by submitting essays for publication. The essay contest is offered to Oregon’s elementary, middle, and high school students. This year, the questions are:

Elementary School: What is your favorite thing to do in Oregon’s great outdoors? Describe a fun memory of spending time outdoors in Oregon.

Middle School: Oregon is a great place to play outdoors. You can camp, raft, ski, hike, boat, surf, or just take a walk. If you have a friend coming to visit you in Oregon who has never been here before, where would you take them for a fun outdoor activity and what would you do?

High School: What recommendations do you have for Oregon’s leaders about how to improve people’s access to outdoor recreation? Why is outdoor recreation an important part of Oregon’s identity?

Essay Contest information and details are online at:

Selected essay winners will be included in the Oregon Blue Book and will be invited to the Capitol for the Blue Book release and celebration in 2017. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Educators are encouraged to share this opportunity with their classrooms.

“This a fantastic opportunity for Oregon’s young people to participate in a part of our state’s historic record,” said Atkins. “We want to hear their voices on how outdoor recreation makes Oregon such a special place to learn and grow.”

Submission should include student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name and address, contact email and phone number, and be mailed to:

Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist

Oregon State Archives

800 Summer St. NE

Salem OR 97310

The photo contest for the cover of the Oregon Blue Book is a time-honored tradition. The cover photo contest is open to all amateur photographers who are Oregon residents. The photos must be taken in Oregon and photographers are encouraged to use the 2017-2018 Blue Book theme of outdoor recreation as inspiration. Photo contest guidelines and entry forms are online at:

“We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state that offers limitless beauty and inspiration,” said Atkins. “I look forward to seeing this year’s submission. Picking the cover of the next Blue Book is one of the things I have been looking forward to since taking office as Secretary of State.”

Photos that meet contest guidelines and are entered electronically or are postmarked on/before October 12, 2016 will be considered. The winners will be notified by December 31.

Submissions for the photo contest should be submitted:

Online at or by postal mail to:

Julie Yamaka, Managing Editor

Oregon Blue Book

Oregon State Archives

800 Summer Street NE

Salem, OR 97310

Published every odd-numbered year since 1911, the Oregon Blue Book is compiled, edited and produced by the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office.

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