Title: State Historian of Kentucky, Educator
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
James C. Klotter, State Historian of Kentucky and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history.
For Dr. Klotter, history is one of the most important collections of information that society has access to. “If viewed and used properly, history can dictate decision making for the better and avoid mistakes for recurring. But if for nothing else, it serves as a wonderful reminder of our legacy,” he shares, adding that he became a historian due to his strong interest from his early educational experiences. After serving in the U.S. Army for one year in 1970, Dr. Klotter committed his career to the Kentucky Historical Society, where he contributed to the organization’s collection, preservation, conservation and interpretation of information, memories and materials from Kentucky’s past to assist those interested in exploring and preserving that heritage. He worked for the society in many capacities over 25 years, including research director, state historian, assistant director, managing editor, assistant editor and research analyst. Dr. Klotter also took the opportunity to teach as a professor of history at Georgetown College to share his passion and deep knowledge of history even further.
Dr. Klotter’s academic achievements are recognized for providing him with the background needed to succeed in his field. An alumnus of the University of Kentucky, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1968, a Master of Arts in 1969 and a PhD in 1975. He also holds two LittD degrees from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997 and Union College in 1998. Outside of his full-time work, Dr. Klotter has contributed to his industry through his work on the board of directors for the Kentucky Mansion Preservation Foundation and as the former president and secretary of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable. He is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, for which he previously served as president, and the Kentucky Council on Archives, where he was once the organization’s chairman. Dr. Klotter has also shared his historical insights as an author. He wrote “William Goebel: Politics of Wrath” in 1977 and co-authored “A New History of Kentucky” and “Henry Clay: The Man Who Would be President,” in 2018. Looking ahead, Dr. Klotter intends to continue writing in his retirement on historical topics that are dear to him and the state’s legacy.
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