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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 13, 1999



The President today announced his intent to appoint Parker Westbrook and Arva Parks McCabe as members of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Mr. Parker Westbrook, of Nashville, Arkansas, has been actively involved in historic preservation for many years. He is the President and Restoration Advisor for the Pioneer Washington Territorial Restoration Foundation, which is Arkansas's oldest historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the venerable village of Washington, Arkansas. He is a member and former Chair of the Arkansas Territorial Restoration Commission, a member and former chair of the Arkansas State Review Board's Historic Preservation Program (serving on both state boards for nearly twenty-five years), and is the founding President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. He established the Arkansas Historical Association's Endowed History Award, was recognized in 1986 as "Arkansas's Distinguished Citizen" for his involvement in volunteerism, and has been recognized by the Arkansas State Legislature for his support and interest in Arkansas's history and heritage. In addition to serving on the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the past four years, Mr. Westbrook has served on the National Park System Advisory Board where he has been Co-Chair of the Committee on National Landmarks. He is an Advisor Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he served as Secretary of the Board of Advisors and Southern Regional Vice Chairman in the 1980's.

Ms. Arva Parks McCabe, of Miami, Florida, is the President of Arva Parks & Company and Centennial Press. She played a principal role in the restoration and preservation of the Biltmore Hotel, Harry Truman's Little White House, Coral Gable's House, the "Barnacle," and many others. Ms. Parks has written numerous books and produced films on preservation and history. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the AIA Preservation Award, Women Who Make A Difference: Lifetime Achievement, Florida Women's Hall of Fame, the City of Miami's Women's Hall of Fame, Outstanding Citizen's Award (Coral Gable's Chamber of Commerce), and the Museum of Science Award for History and Literature. She also chairs the Vizcaya Trust, and is a Member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Miami, the Orange Bowl Committee, and served as the Southern Regional Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ms. Parks is also the former Chair of the Florida Endowment for the Humanities, and the past President of the Historical Association of Southern Florida. She received a B.A. degree in History from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Miami.

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.