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Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

  • Comstock, TX
  • www.shumla.org

Mission Statement

Shumla is a nonprofit archaeological research and education center working internationally to connect people of all ages with the land and their cultural heritage.

Main Programs

  1. Border Canyonlands Archaeological Project
Service Areas

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International

Shumla serves researchers and visitors from Texas, the United States and other countries. Staff members at Shumla have collaborated with academics across the United States and in countries including Spain, Mexico and France.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2015

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Dr. Jessica L Lee

Research Director

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Dr. Carolyn E Boyd

Keywords

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Heritage education, outdoor education, environmental education, at-risk youth, rock-art research, archaeology

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Also Known As

Shumla

EIN

74-2869788

 Number

7356381217

Physical Address

148 Sanderson

Comstock, 78837

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Conducted six archeological research and education field schools for undergraduate students.  Guests attending the most recent field school included archeologists from The Smithsonian Institution and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia.
Assisted in two field schools operated by Texas State University, including logistical support for ten visiting scholars.
Provided high-quality education experiences for over 23,000 students.  Eighty three percent of these students are minorities.
Provided numerous multi-day programs for visitors from across the United States. 
Hosted the 2009 Texas Archeological Society (TAS) meeting.
Assisted in activities tied to the American Rock Art Recording Association (ARARA) meeting.
Hosted the October, 2010 Texas Archeology Society preconference roundtable.
Hosted the 2011 Red Linear Conference. 
Received national and international attention from media organizations.  Articles about SHUMLA have appeared in Discovery Magazine article, and the Associated Press. 
Received national and international attention from an article published on the  Archeological Institute of America website.    
Presented research about archeological sites in Val Verde County internationally at conferences in Mexico City, Mexico and Seville, Spain.
Currently working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Parks Service on the Lower Pecos Rock Art Recording and Preservation Project, a multi-year project that records and documents at-risk archeological sites in Val Verde County.
Creating a database of rock art images from archeological sites in Val Verde County to help with the process of preserving rapidly deteriorating images for the public good.  SHUMLA has documented 19 sites, archiving over 15,000 photographs and 1,375 figure illustrations.  The 130,000 pieces of data collected for these figures are being entered into SHUMLA’s newly developed database.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Border Canyonlands Archaeological Project

In 2012, Shumla established the Border Canyonlands Archaeological Project (BCAP). Through this program we conduct archaeological research and preservation activities in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas in collaboration with partners including the Texas State University, National Park Service, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Our primary focus is study of the ancient art painted on the rock shelter walls of this region. These incredibly complex, multi-colored murals are globally recognized as some of the most significant ancient paintings in the world.

Category

Archaeology

Population(s) Served

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Budget

Service Areas

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International

Shumla serves researchers and visitors from Texas, the United States and other countries. Staff members at Shumla have collaborated with academics across the United States and in countries including Spain, Mexico and France.

Funding Needs

The SHUMLA School, Inc accepts donations in the areas of research, education and general operating costs.    Research funding is used to facilitate preservation initiatives including the Lower Pecos Rock Art Recording and Preservation Project as well as the development of scholarly articles.   Education funding is used to offset program costs for students from low-income and at-risk school districts.    With recent budgetary cuts to preservation and education funding, donations have never been more critical for supporting archeological site preservation and at-risk student growth.

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THE SHUMLA SCHOOL, INC.
Fiscal year: Feb 01-Jan 31

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Operations

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Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Leadership

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Executive Director

Dr. Jessica L Lee

Research Director

Dr. Carolyn E Boyd

BIO

On March 2, 2015, Jessica Lee begins her tenure as Shumla’s new Executive Director. She will lead the administration and development efforts of our growing organization.

With the appointment of Jessica, Carolyn Boyd – our founding Executive Director – will move into a Research Director role to focus entirely on Shumla’s state-of-the-art documentation and research efforts.

Jessica leaves a Senior Consultant position at Towers Watson—an international professional services firm—where she was a Senior Consultant in the Communications and Change Management Practice. Prior to Towers Watson, she worked at the Smithsonian Institution and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. She has a B.A. in Archaeology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in Human Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.

Along with her expertise and proven leadership, Jessica has a long history with Shumla and a true passion for the work we do. She studied under Carolyn while attending Texas A&M, and was the first employee of the organization after it was founded in 1998, acting as Assistant to the Director. She joined the Board of Directors in January, 2013, taking on the roles of Board Secretary and Chair of the Marketing and Development Committee. By joining our staff once again, she is truly coming full circle.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Emil Zuberbueler

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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