“SuperMap” is a 6-foot high, 12-foot wide illustrated color wall map of the Saugatuck-Douglas area integrated with a computer display to provide a virtual tour through the historic villages, highlighting significant people and places, past and present.
Map artwork, created by Holland artist-cartographer Mark Cook based on History Center research, recalls the entertaining illustration/poster maps of the 1940-50 era, combining street layouts with stylized sketches and notes. More than three years in development, this project was made possible by gifts from Douglas Dunes Resort and Macatawa Bank totaling $20,000, with matching funds raised by History Center members and friends.
Over 100 map-highlighted references are keyed by number to let visitors select and learn about sites of interest to them by calling up information, narratives, and historical photographs on an interactive computer terminal near the map.
The original map is in the South Gallery at the History Museum. There is a copy in the Map Room at the History Center.