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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!

  • October 2015 printable newsletter (1.2 MB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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

  • 27th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 10, 2015 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
    Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Vicksburg Chamber Choir Courtyard Concert, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11. Selections will feature the choral group accompanied by a talented group of instrumentalists, vocal solos and instrumental solos. Come out early and enjoy refreshments beginning at 2 p.m., and don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or blankets. As always, Chamber Choir concerts are free, but donations will be most welcome as the Chamber Choir is a not-for-profit performing association. For more information, please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Baguette Bread Making Workshop, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lisa and John Martin will present a baguette bread making class. You will learn how to make a Classic French Bread in this hands-on class. Registration is $30/SCHF members, $35/non-members (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.

  • 8th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays October 16th through November 6th from noon-1:00pm, will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and restaurants will provide the music and lunch. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5pm on the Thursday before the event.
    Friday, October 16 – Classic Jazz, Blues and Country performed by Osgood & Blaque; lunch provided by T’Beaux’s Blues Le Roux
    Friday, October 23 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch provided by Goldie’s Express
    Friday, October 30 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith Band; lunch provided by Palmertree Catering
    Friday, November 6 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; lunch provided by Martin’s at Midtown
    This wonderful program is also supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, October 18th 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

  • The Southern Book Club, Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In October the monthly book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. 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

  • Fall Harvest: Interesting Produce Workshop, Wednesday, October 27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lisa and John Martin will be teaching some innovative cooking techniques using some fall produce. Registration is $30/SCHF members, $35/non-members (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.

  • “More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes! Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 from 9 a.m.-noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday, October 29th, 2015 from 5:30-8:30p.m. (Facebook event page). Each class will be painting “The Song of Marin” in the style of Selden Gile. 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.

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester began on August 20, 2015. 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 pm. 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 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 11, 2014; The Chill in the Hills, January 17, 2015; the Run thru History, March 7, 2015. 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 or

  • SCH Auditorium Exterior Project & Stabilization project: $4,875 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 $33,125 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.

  • Hobbs Freeman Arts and Nature Celebration and Festival was Saturday, November 3, 2012
    What a day!! Don't know where to even start!! Attendees, speakers, bands, performers, volunteers... What a fabulous festival!!! Thank you!!!!!!!! The Hobbs Freeman arts and nature Festival was a HUGE success!!

  • 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
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Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

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