Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today unveiled the 2015–2016 Official Manual, State of Missouri, commonly known as the “Blue Book,” online at www.mobluebook.com.

“The ‘Blue Book’ provides important information about our state’s government to the public,” Kander said. “I encourage all Missourians to explore this helpful resource.”

With contact information, biographies and overviews of department duties, the “Blue Book” serves as an important guide for Missourians seeking information about their state agencies and officials, county government and members of Congress.

It is published every two years by the secretary of state. The book will be available in print early next year, and will be published by the University of Missouri Press.

Additionally, the manual features an essay by Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan, which explores the history and future of our park system. Complementing this overview, the “A Day at the Park” photo contest showcases how Missourians captured the beauty of the many breathtaking parks they visit. Winners hail from various parts of the state, and were chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee of judges.


Category: State and Local Parks

• First place: Kelly Creech, Jefferson City — Ha Ha Tonka Overlook.

• Second place: Ron Berry, Jefferson City — Kayaking at Missouri Conservation Area, Millstream Gardens.

• Third place: Vicki Griffon, Troy — Evie and Caroline enjoying swings at Avery Family Park.


Category: Sports and Theme Parks

• First place: Barbara Phifer, Springfield — Silver Dollar City entrance at Christmas.

• Second place: Kelly Creech, Jefferson City — St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

• Third place: Cheryl Sloan, Cameron— Danny Duffy pitching for the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.


Category: State Historical Sites

• First place: Barbara Romines, Houston — Alley Mill and Spring on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

• Second place: Linda K. Behrens, St. Louis — A doe wanders Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

• Third place: Janice Poole, Hallsville — Union Covered Bridge at Union Covered Bridge State Park.


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