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The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the diverse cultural heritage of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Mississippi Delta, and the American South. The Foundation works to achieve its goals by creating and hosting cultural activities at the Southern Cultural Heritage Complex.

 Our upcoming activities suit many interests, and our past activities are a testimony of the rich cultural heritage of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Our 20th Anniversary! In 1994, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation was formed to preserve these historic buildings and to direct their transformation into a cultural center. Twenty years of carrying on our mission: emphasizing the humanities and the arts, providing unique and quality programming for free or at low cost to the Vicksburg community.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!

  • July 2016 newsletter (1.8 MB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

  • Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)

  • More! Activities Log of all current and past years' activities.

  • We will be closed on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.

  • Thank You to All Who Gave to the Convent Wall Project!!!
    SCHF is happy to update you on our progress with the Convent Wall Project. The Convent building has been secured from further collapse. An evaluation of the building has been completed by a structural engineer, explaining the cause of the collapse. Plans are being drawn up to rebuild the exterior wall and repair the interior damage.
    We are extremely happy to report that our wall collapse will be covered by insurance! We have a very large deductible that we are responsible for; but thanks to our SCHF members, St. Francis Alumni, individuals and organizations from the Vicksburg community, we have not only reached that deductible but surpassed it! This will allow SCHF to make additional repairs and renovations to this very special Mississippi Landmark.
    Thank You So Much!!!

  • 28th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8am at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street. This unique run follows a scenic course heading west across the Mississippi River to Delta, Louisiana and then returns back to the finish line. The event includes a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk, and a one-mile fun run for kids.
    Individual Entry Form  Corporate-Team Entry Letter  Corporate-Team Run Entry Form  Corporate-Team Walk Entry Form  Register online

  • Fall Semester Registration now open for The River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester will begin on August 25, 2016. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators, Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot Mattei, plan and teach each class. The program is free, but will require a full semester commitment from the parents. It will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

  • Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, July 11-15, 2016. Congratulations to the winners!
    1st Place: Haley Noble
    2nd Place: Emmanuel Agyepong
    3rd Place: Matt Turnage
    Photos on Facebook
    Posters were evaluated on the following three criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75, 2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the Vicksburg Art Association judged the works of art. For more information, please call 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, July 24th from 5-6 p.m. in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the Night Club Two Step. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

  • Mexican Street Food with Tom Ramsey Monday, July 25, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the SCH Academy Building. Join Chef Tom Ramsey as he instructs and entertains everyone on how to make homemade tortillas and a few different, authentic tacos. Registration is $30/SCHF members and $35/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Facebook event page.

  • Five-Week Yoga for Vibrant Wellness with yoga instructor Dil Bagh Singh Momi, Disciple Baba Ram Devji, and Shri Shri Ravi Shankarji, Saturday, July 9th from 9-11 a.m., and the following four Tuesdays, July 12, July 19, July 26th and August 2nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the SCHC. Yoga will help you move and feel better! Benefits of yoga include flexibility, strength, breathing, positive mood, less stress, more calm, better concentration, and better posture. The fee for all 5 weeks is $60/SCHF members and $70/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. All ages and levels are welcome. No experience is required. Please wear stretchy comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and a small pillow. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Presentation and booking signing of Sweet as Sin: “The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” with Susan Benjamin, Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium. Readers with an interest in the history of food and Americana will savor this cultural history. There’s more to candy than its sugary taste. Candy has a remarkable history, most of it sweet, some of it bitter. Fun and informative, this book will make you appreciate the candy you love even more by revealing the fascinating backstory behind it. Admission is $5/adults and $2/children (12 and under). For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission will award in 2015-2016 and will be used to continue the mission of the SCHF and bring exceptional events and quality programming to the community through artistic excellence. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. These funds are vital in supporting the River Kids free after school art program, the huge variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits and the many other events and programs that are instrumental in growing the awareness of the arts to the Vicksburg community and surrounding areas. Press release.

  • Vicksburg Slam, Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
    Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three signature Vicksburg Races: Over the River Run, October 8, 2016; Chill in the Hills, January 16, 2016; Run Thru History, March 5, 2016. Be a member of the Vicksburg Slam and qualify for cash prizes after participation in all THREE races! Vicksburg Slam is made possible by partnerships of Grace Christian Counseling Center, Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and the YMCA. For more info, go to the the Vicksburg Slam Facebook page.

  • SCH Auditorium Exterior Project & Stabilization project: $4,775 STILL NEEDED!
    This project is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives & History of $150,000 with required matching funds of $38,000.
    We have raised $33,225 toward the $38,000 needed for the matching funds. Because we have yet to raise the remaining funds, we are forced to use our general fund.
    We are STILL accepting contributions toward this project. REMEMBER: contributions of $50/or more will be listed on a plaque that will be permanently located in the foyer of the Historic Auditorium
    Check out photos of the progress...
    Checks need to made out to the SCHF (write MDAH grant in the memo of your check) and send to 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Your donation is tax deductible.

  • The SCHF needs your help!!!
    As with old buildings/structures, there is always something that needs repairing. That being said, the SCHF is in desperate need of your help!!!  Because of the age of the water pipes underground of the cultural center, there have been several leaks discovered.  The repair cost is estimated at $13,000.  This was a very much unexpected problem.
    If you would like to assist financially with this issue, checks need to made payable to the SCHF (write “Water Leak” in the memo of your check) and send to 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS   39180.  Your donation is fully tax deductible.
    We so appreciate your support!!!!!!

  • More activities...

  • WLBT article, Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.

  • Guitar & Ukulele Lessons. Richard McComas, SCHF guitar instructor, has some openings for guitar lessons. If you are interested or would like more information, please call 601-529-6505 or email mccomasmusic@hotmail.com.

  • Violin Lessons. The SCHF is now offering violin lessons for all ages. Mrs. Ruthanne Schnell has taught for over 25 years. She has trained and studied under many master instructors. She is also able to teach the viola and cello. If you are interested or would like more information, please call 601-383-0796.

  • A memorial fund in honor of Mother Clementine Phelan and the Sisters of Mercy has been established by Mrs. Edna Henry Hosemann, Mrs. Elizabeth Henry Nelson and Mr. George Nelson, and Pat and Lance Dichter in honor of their aunt. Press release.

  • Looking for that unique gift for that special someone? Consider the special Cultural Center Crosses created by Misty Clendenin. All proceeds go to support the buildings and all programs at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The crosses are only $10 each, plus tax.

  • The SCHF is an ideal place to hold weddings, receptions, performances, reunions, lectures, and business meetings. Space available for rent include the classrooms in the 1930s Academy Building and the 1880s Auditorium featuring a stage, 24-foot ceilings, and hardwood floors.

  • Check out the musical montage of past programs and events held here at the Center, The Southern Cultural Experience at the bottom of this page.

City of Vicksburg sceneImportant Community links...
Vicksburg/Warren Chamber of Commerce
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vicksburg Main Street

Vicksburg Theatre Guild and Gold in the Hills


 

 

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation: A Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center consists of five historic buildings ranging from 1830-1955. It formerly served as the St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy and is currently the place to be for cultural programming including art workshops, ballroom dances lessons, concerts, lectures, cooking workshops, exhibits, free after school art programs, photography workshops and the list goes on and on.

 


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Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

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