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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!
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SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
Announcing “Southern Exposure,”
An All-Day Summer Camp. The camp will be held during
eight weeks of the summer, from June 4 to July 27, 2018 from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
is open to kids ages 6-13. Early drop-off starts at 7:30
a.m. and pick-up is available through 5:15 p.m. The
registration fee is $100 per child for each week. This fee
includes a $25 non-refundable fee, which is due two weeks
prior to each week attending. The fee includes all supplies
and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own lunch.
During this camp, children will be “exercising
mind, body, and soul” as they utilize the gymnasium, art
classrooms, auditorium, gardens, and media room of the SCHC
to investigate southern music, gardening, art, manners, and
other camp-like activities. Experienced and accredited
educator, Karen Biedenharn, will plan and oversee all
aspects of the camp. Each week of camp will have a different
Space is limited reservations are required. Remember,
reservations should be made two weeks prior to each week
attending. For more information or to register, call the
Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at
601-631-2997 or email
first ever “Star Spangled Night Run in Vicksburg,”
June 30, 2018, A 5K Night Run/Walk through downtown
Vicksburg. Come join us
and light up the night in this unique event which will
include a 5K run and a 5K walk “at night” through downtown
Vicksburg. It will begin and end
at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The entry fees are
$30 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (12 & under), and $120
Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members) through
June 15th. Late fees will apply after June 15th. The first
200 registered participants will be guaranteed either a
Light up The Night Tank or T-shirt. Included in the swag bag
will also be race bib, a glow item, and specialty items from
local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to
secure a place at the event. Entry forms and complete event
details are available here:
Entry Form Trifold. Entry forms and fees can be dropped
off at SCHF Business Office, 601 Sports or mailed to SCHF,
1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Race packet pick-up
will be June 29th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford
and Cherry Streets) from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and also
before the race at the race site starting at 6 p.m.
After you cross the finish
line, the party begins in the SCHC Courtyard! There will be
food, drinks, live music, and fun for all! We will light up
the night just in time for Independence Day! For entrance
into the after party and free food and drink; runners and
walkers should show their race bib and volunteers should
wear their Light Up The Night T-shirt. All others can pay $5
for entrance into the party and free beer. There will be
additional food and drink available for purchase. The run
has acquired some very generous financial
sponsors. Gold Sponsor is Lady Luck Casino; Silver Sponsor
is WaterView Casino; Bronze Sponsor is May & Company;
Additional sponsor is Fleet Feet Sports. For more information, please call the SCHF office
at 601-631-2997 or email
“More Than a Painting” Art Classes with Nancy
Mitchell - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9 a.m.–noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday,
May 31, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
(Facebook event page). It's finally Spring!! Come paint with Nancy Mitchell in the
Impressionism style of Alfred Sisley! He painted
“A May Morning in Moret” and so will you! In
addition to artist facts and a touch of art history
throughout the lesson, students receive a handout on the
artist. The students leave with a finished art piece to hang
in their home at the end of their class. Classes suit both
artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes anyone can
learn to draw and be creative. However, in today’s world not
many people have time for weekly art classes. This class is
based on a painting she designs to mimic the style of a
renowned artist. The step-by-step process enables each
student to recreate the painting, adding their personal
style. Students also learn basics about composition and
color mixing. Registration is $40/SCHF Members and
$45/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For
reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF
office at 601.631.2997 or email
The annual Vicksburg
Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids,
June 18-22, 2018 from 8
a.m.-noon for ages 6-12. The registration fee is $60 per child,
and includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. During
this unique camp, children discover the art, dance, music
and cuisine of three different cultures. By studying cultural
differences and similarities through the arts, students will
learn new artistic techniques while developing an
appreciation for the traditions and customs of others. This
year we are pleased to welcome Karen Biedenharn, art
instructor, and Eleana Davis, music teacher. The camp
will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the
last day in the SCHF Auditorium. Space is limited to 60
students and reservations are required. For more information
or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997
Facebook event page.
“Kids in the Kitchen”
June Summer Camps, two different sessions June
25-29, 2018, led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural
8:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-8 (Facebook event page),
Table,” from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
for ages 8-12 (Facebook event page).
The registration fee
for each class is
$125 per child and includes all supplies as well as lots of
tasty treats. A full day option is also available. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more
information or to register, please call the SCHF office at
601-631-2997 or email
Two more sessions July 9-13, 2018!
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $12,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission
Press release. More.
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
October 13, 2018. 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 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
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
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
We so appreciate your support!!!!!!
Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.
Guitar & Ukulele Lessons.
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
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