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Help Write the Next Oregon Blue Book!


Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins is asking students to be part of Oregon’s historical record by helping to write the next Oregon Blue Book.  This year, Oregon’s Blue Book will focus on Oregon’s outdoor recreational activities with a color insert celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail by engaging for the second time, Oregon’s elementary, middle and high school students in a Blue Book essay contest.


Here are the topics for each age group:

·         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?


The selected essays will be included in the Oregon Blue Book and the writers will be invited to the Capitol for the Blue Book release and celebration. 


Entries can be mailed to:

Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist

Oregon State Archives

800 Summer St. NE

Salem, OR  97310


The deadline for submissions to the Secretary of State is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.