CORVALLIS - Oregon State University Press has published a new book called "Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History" that outlines the general history of the state. It is the first historical overview in the last quarter-century.

Written by David Peterson del Mar, the book explores familiar people and events as well as some neglected segments of history. Mini-biographies feature interesting people such as Ing Hay, a Chinese immigrant who settled in John Day in the late 1800s and opened a successful business.

Peterson del Mar has authored other books and taught numerous courses on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history at a variety of colleges and universities in the region. "Oregon's Promise" is available at many bookstores, or can be ordered by calling (800) 426-3797.

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