|Established by Eugene and Marian Petersen in 1998 in memory of Dr. Petersen's grandfather, Martin Petersen, this fund celebrates the value of the history and archaeology of Mackinac Island and the Sraits area. Martin and Eugene T. Petersen.
The purpose of the fund is to encourage historical writing with special emphasis on the straits region. According to Dr. Petersen, "The best case would be to inspire some local kids to do some historical writing." Grants encourage historical accuracy, readability in written pieces and commitment to the ongoing promotion of history.