Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Preserving the oldest "books" in North American

aka Shumla   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.shumla.org

Mission

Shumla is a nonprofit archaeological research and education center working to preserve the oldest "books" in North America - the ancient murals of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Jessica Lee Hamlin

Science Director

Dr. Karen Steelman

Main address

5706 E. Mockingbird Lane #115-363

Dallas, TX 75206 USA

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Formerly known as

School of Expressive Culture

EIN

74-2869788

NTEE code info

Anthropology, Sociology (V21)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Alexandria Project

The Alexandria Project is designed to preserve the Lower Pecos murals with the same planning and efficiency that one would use to catalog and preserve the books in a library. Using advanced technologies and scientific process, we will visit and capture baseline information at over 300 murals by the end of 2020. We will create a digital archive of these priceless images so they may be studied and enjoyed long after they are lost.

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STEM training for students on the border of Texas and Mexico. Students learn scientific method, use of high-tech tools, teamwork and other skills necessary to succeed in high-education and any STEM course of study.

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Adolescents

With the addition of Dr. Karen Steelman to the Shumla Team we have opened our Plasma Oxidation and Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory.

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The Hearthstone Project is a collaboration between Texas State University and Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center. The project is anchored in both science and the humanities, combining two research and preservation efforts, both partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. It is a comprehensive study and documentation of prehistoric art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas and adjacent Mexico.

The Hearthstone Project springs from a recently completed rock art recording effort, the Alexandria Project, conducted by the Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center. The Alexandria Project recently gathered baseline data for 235 rock art sites in the region. y the Alexandria Project to write research proposals to the National Endowment for the Humanities and to the National Science Foundation. Thus, the Hearthstone Project represents the first fruits of the data gathered by the Alexandria Project.

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Adults

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Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
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Board chair

Lacy Finley

Tech Cumulus

Term: 2021 -

Kay Watt

Center for Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

Lacy Finley

Tech Cumulus

David Graf

Glenn, Graf & Bowers, CPA's

Carolyn Boyd

Texas State University

Elton Prewitt

Prewitt & Associates

Pansy Price

Private Investigator

Camille Cadena

Val Verde County Sheriff's Office

Nancy Kenmotsu

National Historic Landmark Author

Charles Lohrmann

Texas Co-op Power Magazine Editor

Mike Webb

Transpac Managers, Inc.

Steve Rode

Retired Lutheran Minister

Kim Canseco

Rancho Ojo de Agua

Marie Feldmeier

Assistant Professor

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    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? Yes
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