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.
upcoming activities suit many interests, and our
are a testimony of the rich cultural heritage of Vicksburg,
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.
SCHF Event Calendar
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
The Southern Cultural
Center is a GREAT venue for
All Eventbrite SCHF Activities.
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
“Never Too Late To
Create,” Monday, January 30, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. with
Karen Biedenharn. Since the first class for this painting
filled up so quickly, we are offering a second chance to get
in on the birch trees! The fee is $25/person and includes
all supplies. Karen says, “January 23rd is the night of the
birch tree!!! This white, black, and blue composition
whispers deep winter bliss with its free abstract strokes
and quick twiggy branches. This class will be painting on a
lightweight board for easy hanging. Remember, bring your
favorite beverage and I’ll have the cheese and crackers.
Bring a friend or make some new ones! See ya there!!” Space is limited and
reservations are required. To make a reservation, call
601.631.2997 or email
in the Air” Valentine Fun with Lana at SCHC, Sunday,
February 12th, 2023 from 2-5 p.m.
in the Air”
Hearts and Flowers
Hugs and Kisses
Let’s Get Together to
Give Valentine Wishes
Join Lana Hand on Sunday, February 12th from 2-5 pm for an
afternoon of celebrating Valentine’s Day with an Ice Cream
Bar, making Valentine cards, decorating t-shirts (t-shirts
will be provided), and decorating salt dough hearts. There
will be music, games and more!! Boys and girls, ages 4-9,
are invited to attend. The registration fee is $45/child.
Reservations must be paid for in advance and are due by
February 8, 2023. Space is limited and
reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact the SCHF
office at 601.631.2997 or email
Facebook event page.
St. George Antiochian
Orthodox Christian Church presents the 62nd Annual
Lebanese Dinner Monday, February 13, 2023, from 11 a.m. -2
p.m. and 4-6 p.m. The dinner will be
drive-thru only. Tickets are $18 and the meal consists of
cabbage rolls, baked kibbee, tabooli salad, green beans in
tomato sauce, and pita bread. Tickets must be purchased in
advance only and will not be sold the day of the dinner.
Tickets can be purchased from any church member, on
Eventbrite.com, or by calling 601-529-2147.
Facebook event page.
Southern Book Club,
February 15, 2023 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
“Cooking with Campbell”
with Matthew Campbell Thursday, February 16, 2023, from
5:30-7:30 p.m. Matthew will share his culinary experience
with the Vicksburg community, demonstrating a cheese and
berry plate; spring salad with mixed greens, smoked salmon,
goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette;
Shrimp Bisque; Redfish with couscous and Mediterranean herbs
and spices; and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert!
Don’t miss this one! Matthew Campbell is from Vicksburg,
Mississippi. After completing his bachelor’s degree at the
University of Mississippi, he completed culinary school at
the French Culinary Institute in 2011. Campbell has been
working with the Hinds Community College Culinary program
since 2015. Campbell is happy to be back in Vicksburg and we
are excited to have him involved here at SCHC. Registration
is $40 per person 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
In celebration of the season
of Mardi Gras, the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic
Preservation (VFHP) presents the 11th annual Carnaval
de Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook-Off on Saturday, February 18th,
2023 from 5-7 p.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage
Center. The Foundation is accepting teams for the gumbo
cook-off now. In addition to bragging rights and trophies,
the first-place winner in both the seafood and non-seafood
categories will be awarded a $300 cash price. The entry fee
for the cook-off is $50 before February 11th, and $75 after
February 11th and includes admittance for four team members
to the carnival.
Admission for the Carnaval and Gumbo Cook-off is $10 for
adults and includes gumbo and $5 for children and includes
unlimited children’s activities. Admission may be paid at
the door or purchased in advance at the Biedenharn Coca-Cola
Museum. Additional food items and beverages may be purchased
during the event. All proceeds from the Carnaval will
benefit the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation.
For more information about the event or about the Gumbo
cook-off, please visit
or contact Nancy Bell at 601.636.5010.
Facebook event page.
River Kids Free After School Art Program. Spring
Semester Registration began January 26, 2023. Open to any
child in 1st through 6th grade, the class meets on Thursdays
from 3:45-5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program.
SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,600 grant from
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.65
million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2023 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. “We are pleased to provide support to
arts organizations throughout the state who inspire and
serve their communities every day,” said Sarah Story,
executive director of MAC. “These funds will help
organizations continue to create innovative exhibitions,
performances, and programming for millions of people to
enjoy throughout the next year.”
Violin Lessons: The SCHF
offers 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.
Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.
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
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.
Vicksburg/Warren Chamber of Commerce
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vicksburg Main Street
Vicksburg Theatre Guild
and Gold in the Hills