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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!

  • November 2017 newsletter (1.6 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.

  • SCHF Annual Meeting & Luncheon with guest speaker Blake Teller, Friday, November 17th at noon. Lunch was catered by Helen Abraham.
    Guest speaker Blake Teller presented the first “The Landy Teller Champion for Culture and the Arts Award” to Karen Biedenharn for her contributions to culture and the arts in Vicksburg. Photos.
    Last year, an anonymous gift was made in memory of Landy Teller. This gift was meant to start an endowment that would fund an award to be presented to an individual who contributes to culture and the arts in Vicksburg. SCHF is very proud to have Blake Teller present “The Landy Teller Champion for Culture and the Arts Award” during this year’s annual meeting. To make a reservation, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page. More.

  • SCHF Closed, November 22-26, 2017

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, November 26, 2017 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.

  • 10th Annual “Holly Days” Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the historic SCH Auditorium. “Holly Days” will feature a room full of quality vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, plus local talent will entertain the attendees. The live entertainment will include RiverPointe Dance Students (9-9:45 a.m.), Jeanne Evans Music Students (10-10:45 a.m.), Studio Triple Threat (11-11:45 a.m.), Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance (noon-12:45 p.m.), and more. This event will precede Vicksburg Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. Goldie's Express will also be on site to sell delicious barbeque lunches. For more information, call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • “Kids in the Kitchen” Christmas Classes, two different classes led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017 for children ages 4-12: Teddy Bear Tea from 2-4 p.m. (Facebook event page) and Christmas Cookies, Candy, & Cocoa from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Facebook event page). The registration fee for each class is $35 per child and includes all supplies as well as supper. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

  • “Sip, Dip, n’ Dab” presents “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree” with Margaret Thames, Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Let's sip n' paint a cheerful Christmas tree just in time for the Holidays! This is an artist-led class that welcomes all ages and abilities! The class will include supplies and Sangria for sipping. Just bring yourself and a beverage of choice if you prefer something else to drink! The fee for each class is $30/SCHF members and $35/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Holiday Breakfast Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. William will share delicious and simple recipes so you can spend your Christmas morning with your family instead of being stuck in your kitchen. This hands-on workshop will include samples of the food, cooking tips, pairing ideas and a delicious beverage to wash it all down. Registration is $35/SCHF members and $40/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. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Southern Book Club, December 20, 2017 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 info@southernculture.org.

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester began August 24, 2017. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program accepts 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program. It exposes creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Press release. Facebook event page. More.

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). Press release. More.

  • Vicksburg Slam, Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
    Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three signature Vicksburg Races: 10th Annual Chill in the Hills, January 13, 2018; 39th Annual Run Thru History, March 3, 2018; 29th-Annual Over the River Run, October 14, 2017. 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. (Inquire about special discounts for SCHF Members.)

  • 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

(601) 631 - 2997, Phone
(601) 631 - 3734, Fax
email: info@southernculture.org

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