he Isle Royale Institute is a partnership between Michigan Technological University and Isle Royale National Park. The Institute is a component of the Ecosystem Science Center within the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences (SFRES). The administrative office is Room 132 in the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building.


Kenneth J. Vrana, Isle Royale Institute
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, Michigan 49931

Project Description

The Isle Royale National Park Cultural Resources Interactive Mapping Project is a collaborative effort between Michigan Tech and Isle Royale National Park to provide a publicly accessible resource for learning about the cultural history of Isle Royale. The web-based interactive mapping application is the central navigation system for the website. Visitors may use the map application to navigate around the island, helping them to visualize the spatial relationship between cultural and historic sites. Clicking on different features within the map displays an informational popup box containing a few facts about each location or feature. The user has control over the map extent and the ability to toggle on or off theme specific features. If the visitor wishes to learn more about any particular cultural site, clicking the link within each popup box redirects them to a page with more detailed information and additional multimedia. Alternatively, visitors may also navigate through the website in traditional fashion by using the horizontal navigation bar fixed at the top of each page. Together, the interactive map and the website will provide the public with a powerful, user-friendly resource for accessing information about the cultural history of Isle Royale, with meaningful geographic representation of features, in an interactive web environment.

Project Team

Project Supervisor and Content Manager

Seth DePasqual, Cultural Resource Manager
Isle Royale National Park
Houghton, MI 49931

Web Design and Development / Interactive Web Map Development
GIS Technician, Content Developer, Audio and Image Editor

Joseph Pilkington, MGIS Student
Isle Royale Institute
Michigan Technological University


  • Gale Family
  • Isle Royale Families and Friends Association
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Johns Hotel Historical Point Association
  • Power Family
  • Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society
  • Snell Family

Special Thanks

  • Phyllis Green, Superintendent, Isle Royale National Park.
  • Liz Valencia, Chief, Interpretation and Cultural Resources, Isle Royale National Park.
  • Mike Hyslop, Coordinator, Master of Geographic Information Science Program, Michigan Tech.
  • Terry Pepper, Executive Director, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
  • Angela Yu, for work on the ISRO purchase records.
  • Hannah Abbotts
  • The Daily Mining Gazette
  • The Historic American Buildings Survey


  • Standards: HTML, CSS
  • Language: English
  • Maintenance: Isle Royale Institute
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop, ESRI ArcGIS, ESRI ArcGIS Online, Sonic Foundry Sound Forge, Javascript.
  • Host: CPanel

Interactive Features Components and Open Source Plugins

  • jQuery
  • CSS Menu Maker,
  • Cloud Zoom (v3.1), Thumbelina Content Slider,
  • JQuery Zoom, Jack Moore,
  • JPlayer (v2.9.2),
  • Image Lightbox, Osvaldas Valutis,
  • jQuery imBookFlip,
  • Leave Notice Plugin,