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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                   October 30, 1998
                      ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION

     The President today announced his intent to appoint James K. Huhta 

as a Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Dr. James K. Huhta, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has served as a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation since 1994. Dr. Huhta has been a member of the faculty of Tennessee State University since 1965. He has held the positions of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of History and Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs. In 1973, he founded the MTSU Historic Preservation Program and served as its director from 1973-1990. He has also served as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Historic Preservation at the University since 1984.

Dr. Huhta is the author of the plan for a National Heritage Area on the Civil War in Tennessee which was authorized by Congress in 1996. He has served as chair of the Rutherford County Courthouse Restoration Committee, and the construction projects of Stones River, the Lytle Creek Greenways, and the Bradley Academy. He also serves on the board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. From 1981-1990, Dr. Huhta served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His professional interests focus on public policy issues related to community and regional preservation planning, heritage tourism, resource development, heritage education, training needs for the 21st century, and regional economic development.

Mr. Huhta received a B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in early American history.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent Federal agency which was established in 1966 through the Historic Preservation Act. The Council advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation matters, assesses the effectiveness of state, local, and private programs in carrying out the purposes of the Act and makes recommendations on how to improve the National Historic Preservation Program. In addition, the Council reviews federally licensed projects that affect properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Its members are also responsible for issuing the President's Historic Preservation Awards.