SALEM — The newest edition of the Oregon Blue Book features an expanded color section exploring Oregon’s early rural schools with photos, artwork and memorabilia from Oregon’s historical societies.

The 2015-16 Blue Book also features — for the first time — winning essays from Oregon’s school children. The essays provide a fresh perspective on the state and create a time capsule for Oregonians in the future. Included is an essay by Lily Volger, a student from Echo, who encourages people to visit her hometown in her honorable mention submission of “My Favorite Place to Visit in Oregon.”

Also, chosen in a statewide contest, the back cover features a photo of the tree farm at GreenWood Resources, located near Boardman, taken by Kenneth E. Thompson

The Oregon Blue Book, Oregon’s official almanac and fact book, has been updated and republished every two years since 1911. The collector’s item costs $18 for paperback and $30 for hardback. It can be purchased at www.bluebook.state.or.us.

For more information, contact Julie Yamaka at 503-378-5199 or julie.a.yamaka@state.or.us.

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