The Federal Historic Preservation Fund and Missouri Department of Conservation announced this week that two area cities and one county would receive grants to be used for various projects. Boonville received the largest grant of $24,500 to be used to plan and produce the Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference this autumn. The city of Independence received $15,000 to conduct an intensive architectural and historical survey of nearly 160 late nineteenth to early twentieth century buildings in the North Main Street Neighborhood. Over $16,900 was given to Saline County to conduct an archeology survey and documentation of prehistoric quarry features and lithic workshops in Van Meter State Park. These grants come from the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National park service and administered in Missouri through the Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office.