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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!

  • February 2016 newsletter (1.9 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.

  • The first Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition. Proceeds will go to support the roof rehabilitation of the SCHF.
    Rules     Entry Form     Guardian Form
    The deadline to enter is Friday, February 12, 2016.
    Saturday, February 20, 2016 Facebook event page; Sunday, February 21, 2016 Facebook event page; Saturday, February 27, 2016 Facebook event page.
    Contestants will compete in Voice, Music, Dance, Drama, and Comedy. The age groups will be 12 & under, 13-18, and Adult. Entry Fees: $10 for individuals & $30 for groups (of 3 or more). CASH PRIZES will be awarded to each category winner. Category winners will compete for Overall Cash Grand Prize of $1,000!!! Register at or call 601.631.2997. Press release.

  • The Vicksburg Dance Studio has moved to the SCHC!!! For more information or to view a schedule, email or check out the Vicksburg Dance Studio Facebook page!

  • “More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes! Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 9 a.m.-noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 5:30-8:30p.m. (Facebook event page) Each class will be painting “Monarch Butterflies” in the style of Walter Anderson. Registration for each class is $40/SCHF members and $45/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release.

  • Kids Mardi Gras Mask Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Friday, February 5, 2016 from 3:45-5 p.m. Join us to create a fun and colorful mask before enjoying the parade the next day in downtown Vicksburg. The workshop is a great way for kids to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday in a fun and creative way. Registration is $10/per child (ages 6 and up). Space is limited. For reservations or more information, please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The 5th Carnaval de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation (VFHP). The VFHP is accepting teams for the gumbo cook-off now. The entry fee for the cook-off is $50 prior to January 30, $75 after January 30, and includes entry for four team members. Additional Team members are $5. For questions or more information, please visit or contact Nancy Bell at 601.636.5010 or

  • The Art of Thai Cooking: A Beginner's Workshop Monday, February 8, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Wipawi Vanadit-Ellis and Lucy Priddy. Come explore the unique flavors, simple techniques, and traditional recipes of Thai cooking. You will learn how to cook authentic versions of some of the most popular recipes using ingredients found at local grocery stores. 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 Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Southern Book Club Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email

  • Presentation and booking signing of “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom” Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the SCHF Convent Chapel with Alysia Burton Steele and Dr. Rolando Herts. Delta Jewels is a collection of oral histories and photographs of African American church mothers from the Mississippi Delta by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism professor Alysia Burton Steele from the University of Mississippi. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, February 28th 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 Rumba. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email

  • Sewing Refresher Class with Robyn Lea and Wanda Cook, Monday, February 29th and Monday, March 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you need to get re-acquainted with your sewing machine and practice with some simple sewing, this class is for you! Registration is $30/SCHF members and $40/non-members. For reservations or more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The River Kids Free After School Art Program, began on January 28, 2016. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program accepted 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. It exposes 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 requires a full semester commitment from the parents. Press release.

  • 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 Vicksburg Slam web page, the Vicksburg Slam Facebook page or e-mail

  • 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

  • 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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