Hellos and Goodbyes…and Porcupines

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center
This year has prompted us all to focus on the things that matter most. For us, what means the most are the kind, supportive and talented people who make up our Shumla community – the staff, Board, friends, donors and volunteers. We love to include you in our work and fun, successes and struggles, discoveries and lessons. We love to hear from you too.
 
In that vein, we’d like to know how to do better at connecting with you. We’ve created a short online anonymous survey. It is only 5 questions and shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes. Click here to take the survey. Our sincere thanks for giving us your feedback. We look forward to incorporating it in our planning for the future.
 
Wishing you all the best,
 
Jessica Lee Hamlin
Executive Director
 
MEET ELOISE JANE HACKETT
 
 
Welcome Baby Girl!
 
Veronica Hackett, Shumla’s Finance and Operations Manager, and her husband Jason had a healthy baby girl on July 23, 2020.
 
Sweet Eloise has beautiful dark hair and eyes just like her mother. Her parents are so in love with their little blueberry.
 
We are overjoyed to welcome this tiny new addition to our Shumla family.
 
Welcome Eloise!
 
WELCOME KIM CANSECO
We have a new Board Member
 
Kim Canseco has been a fixture in the Del Rio community since she arrived on a road trip from New York in 1974 and never left! She has also been a regular at Shumla since 2005 when her son, Willie, attended one of our education programs. Kim has been a loyal volunteer and donor to Shumla for many years and now she will join us as a Board member, helping to guide our strategy and govern our unique and growing organization.
 
Welcome, Kim! Thank you for serving on our Board of Directors!
 
CAN WE HAVE 3 MINUTES?
 
We want to learn how we can better connect and engage with you as we plan for the future. Please answer our quick 5-question survey. Your responses and identity will be completely anonymous.
 
 
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! We will incorporate what we learn into our future plans and communications.
 
ALEXANDRIA PROJECT UPDATE
 
 
Yesterday we completed documentation at the 208th site for the Alexandria Project.
 
The temperatures are still high, but we feel autumn on the breeze as we doggedly continue our Alexandria Project documentation efforts. Sometimes we have to protect our equipment from the heat just as much as we have to protect ourselves. Below, you can see Rich had to give up his hat to shield our gigapan. The sunglasses are there because he’s just too cool for school.
 
We have a busy schedule of field work, image processing and reports ahead. Only 17 sites to document to reach our goal of 225 by the end of December. We are so close and your support and well wishes keep us going!
 
Oh, and we picked up a new crew member yesterday. But we couldn’t welcome him with open arms because of the pandemic… and the spines…
 
TAKE US TO THE FINISH LINE
 
We’ve raised nearly $80,000 toward our $100,000 goal. We have four months to raise the remaining $20,000.
These funds will go directly to the completion of the Alexandria Project. Help us get to the finish line!
 
Will you support us?
Your gift of any amount will have double the impact!
 
REMEMBERING JACK SKILES
Shumla’s dear friend, Jack Skiles, passed away on August 5, 2020.
 
On July 17, we sent out an eNewsletter announcing the Skiles family as our 2020 Stewards of the Year. The Shumla staff had the wonderful chance to share a zoom visit with Jack, his wife Wilmuth and their three children, Peggy, Raymond and Russel, just a few days prior.
 
We are so very grateful that we were given the opportunity to tell Jack how much he has meant to each of us and to Shumla prior to his passing.
 
Jack’s beautifully-written obituary tells the story of his 68-year marriage to his love Wilmuth and their West Texas adventures. He will be missed deeply.
 
To share your memories of Jack with his family, you can add to his Tribute Wall at Cox Memorial Funeral Home.
 
COLORING WITH SHUMLA
 
Here is Another Intricate Figure to Color with Shumla
 
This figure is an anthropomorph (human-like figure) from the Rattlesnake Shelter rock art panel. Though it’s an anthropomorph, it has zoomorphic, or animal-like attributes, such as the snouted head, perked ear, and wings. Figures that have both anthropomorphic and zoomorphic qualities are sometimes called therianthropes.
 
This figure has an elaborate headdress and holds five darts in the right hand. In some places on this figure, such as along the figure’s left arm, the original painters appear to have intentionally left negative space between the red and black paint.
 
NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
 
Shumla’s administrative office is located in Dallas. As a result, we can be included in the September 17th North Texas Giving Day fundraiser hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas. It is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation! You don’t have to be a north Texan to participate. And all gifts will count toward our 2020 Match Campaign! Click here to learn more. Search for “Shumla” in the “Find Organizations” search bar if you’d like to participate!
 
We’ve been so moved by the community surrounding and supporting us. Thank you for your notes, thoughts and donations. Your support motivates us and provides for us as we continue our work to preserve the ancient art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas.
 
Thank you from all of us at Shumla!
 
P.O. Box 627, Comstock, TX 78837 USA
enews@shumla.org   432-292-4848    www.shumla.org 
Shumla eNews is a free eNewsletter published by Shumla. 
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