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educator , historian , consultant , university administrator

James Kenneth Huhta, American historian, university administrator, educator, consultant. National Endowment of the Humanities grantee 1977, 80; recipient Merit award American Association for State and Local History, 1984.


Huhta, James Kenneth was born on August 27, 1937 in Ashtabula, Ohio, United States. Son of Otto and Helmi (Kauppinen) Huhta.


Bachelor, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1959. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1965.


Instructor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1963-1965; assistant professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1965-1967; associate professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1967-1969; professor of history, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, since 1969; director history preservation program, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1973-1990; assistant vice president for academic affairs, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1976-1978; director Mid-South humanities project, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1978-1983; director Center for History Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, since 1984. Reviewer National Endowment for Humanities, Washington, 1978-1981. Member steering committee Common Agenda Project AASLH, 1989-1993.

Board advisory National Center Preservation Technology and Tng.U.S. Department Interior, since 1994. Appointed by President Clinton as expert member Advisory Council History Preservation, since 1995. Member task force Future of Council,1995-1996.



God seeks to transform relationship with and between people. If politics is about how we choose to live together and to treat one another, there is surely a place for discerning the activity of God in politics.


All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


Chairman horizons program American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Tennessee, 1974-1977. Member Capitol Restoration Committee, Nashville, 1985-1989, Tennessee State Review Board, Nashville, since 1984. Member administrative committee National Trust for History Preservation, Washington, 1984-1985, 87-89, board advisors, 1981-1990.

Board directors National History Teaching Center, Austin, Texas, 1984-1988, National Center for Study History, Cornish, Maine, 1984-1989. Appointed by Secretary of Interior to board directors National Center Preservation Technology and Training, United States Department Interior, since 1994, chair education and training committee With United States Army Reserve, 1956-1962. Member International Council Monuments and Sites (chairman United States training committee 1990-1992, international training committee since 1990), National Council for Preservation Education (president 1979-1986, chairman professional training committee since 1986, chairman heritage education committee 1991-1993), American Association for State and Local History (education, standards, awards, program committees 1978-1986, Merit award 1984, national council 1987-1991), Tennessee Heritage Alliance (president 1983-1987), Organization American Historians (life, chairman history preservation, public history committees 1981-1984, board advisors 1984-1987), National Council Public History (chairman professional standards committee 1989-1993, chairman City of Murfreesboro special projects committee since 1992).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: swimming, travel, flower gardening.


Married Mary Foye Perry, December 28, 1958. Children: Rebecca Foye, Mary Suzanne.

Otto Huhta

Helmi (Kauppinen) Huhta

Mary Foye Perry

Mary Suzanne Huhta

Rebecca Foye Huhta