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Oregon Blue Blue online version launched to celebrate state's birthday, with new beaches exhibit

<b>Oregonians are known to show love of their home state.</b>
Oregonians are known to show love of their home state.
Western Oregon University Archives, Robert W. Straub Collection<br><b>Bob Straub and his wife, Pat, at the state park in Pacific City named in his honor.</b>
Western Oregon University Archives, Robert W. Straub Collection
Bob Straub and his wife, Pat, at the state park in Pacific City named in his honor.
Oregon Historical Society<br><b>“Mini-Marchers” on the beach at a Cannon Beach to show support for Measure 6 in 1968. The event drew more than 200 supporters.</b>
Oregon Historical Society
“Mini-Marchers” on the beach at a Cannon Beach to show support for Measure 6 in 1968. The event drew more than 200 supporters.

Feb 14, 2013


(Ossie Bladine/News Editor) Oregonians have the benefit of added love on Feb. 14 as they get to celebrate the state's birthday. Today marks the 154th anniversary of Oregon statehood.

Secretary of State Kate Brown celebrated the anniversary by unveiling the online version of the 2013-2014 Oregon Blue Book. The book has been published annually since 1911, containing government and education contacts, an almanac, maps, history, cultural information and more. 

“The publication of the Blue Book is a special occasion for all Oregonians,” Brown said. “It's an opportunity to review our state's history and revel in its natural beauty and cultural institutions.” 

This year's launch comes with a new web exhibit dedicated to how Oregonians have used their ocean beaches over the decades.  The exhibit includes some great photos. Anyone who enjoys visiting the Oregon Coast owes gratitude to the likes of Tom McCall and Bob Straub, who fought to protect beaches from overdevelopment and maintain public access. I give a little thanks to Mr. Straub each time I go crabbing at the Nestucca Spit, which would have been paved over as Highway 101 had it not been for his efforts.

The online version of the Blue Book also offers exclusive content like bios of notable Oregonians, movies and books with Oregon connections, and games, trivia, quizzes and polls, all focused on Oregon history and culture. Those could serve me well for a possible all-Oregon theme at an upcoming Pub Trivia Night (shameless promotion).

The printed version of the new Oregon Blue Book will be released in March.

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