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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!
The Gospel Truth... Sunday Brunch with The Patrick Smith Band…Celebrating 20 years at SCHF, Sunday, October 12th, 2014. More.
SCHF Annual Meeting with speaker, Bill Ferris,
Thursday, November 13, 2014. More.
Movie Night, showing O Brother, Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was filmed! Saturday, November 22, 2014. More.
A 20th Anniversary Exhibit of photographs and historical documents.

  • June 2015 printable newsletter (913 KB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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  • The first Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition.
    Proceeds will go to support the roof rehabilitation of the SCHF.
    Tickets to each show are $15 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6-18). Admission for children 5 and under is free.
    Registration opens June 1, 2015.
    Rules     Entry Form     Guardian Form
    The deadline to enter is Monday, August 10, 2015.
    Preliminary Competition August 22, 23, & 29; Semi-Final Competition September 5 & 6, 2015; FINALE Sat., September 12, 2015 at 6:00pm
    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. Facebook event page.

  • 4-Day Stained Glass Workshop, Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Father Mark Bleakley. This workshop will teach the student how to build a small stained glass panel using the Tiffany style (copper foil method). Students will learn a brief history of stained glass, pick out a pattern, learn to cut glass, put together a panel using copper foil, and solder their panel. The class will be (4) two-hour sessions. Registration includes stained glass and basic supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $160/members and $170/non-members. To make reservations or for more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

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

  • Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, July 6-10, 2015. The contest is open to kids ages 11-13. Admission is free and participants are required to meet July 6-10 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Students will be guided by art instructor, Karen Biedenharn, to complete their posters. Three winners will be chosen by judges for cash prizes. Posters are evaluated on the following three criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme. All work must be original and completed only by the student participant. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75, 2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the Vicksburg Art Association will judge the works of art and winners will be announced. For more information, please call 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Summer Salads Workshop by William Furlong, Monday, July 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Yearning for a fresh salad in the warm weather? William Furlong will show you how to elevate simple salads into gourmet dishes. 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.

  • The annual Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp, July 13-17, 2015 from 8 a.m.-noon for ages 6-12. Registration fee $50 per child. Includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. During this unique camp, children discover the art, dance, music and cuisine of a different culture. 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 Christie Beasley, 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 or email Press releaseFacebook event page.

  • The Southern Book Club, Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00p.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

  • Mississippi Blues Commission: Promoting and Supporting the Blues by Dr. Edgar Smith, Monday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the SCHF Convent Chapel. Dr. Smith will discuss the Mississippi Blues Commission and how we can help support the blues. Many of the most important historical sites associated with the blues are located in Mississippi, and the state's Blues Trail, established in 2005, has to date erected nearly 200 markers documenting this cultural significance. “If you actually experience going around [to] some of these communities,” says Dr. Smith, “you see that there are a number of these musicians who are really in bad shape financially...” In 2010, the Mississippi Blues Commission set up the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund which is supported primarily by the sale of Mississippi Blues Trail license plates, a $10,000 yearly gift from the Mississippi Blues Marathon, and private donations. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • 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

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $18,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the Commission will award in 2014-2015 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 performances, workshops, exhibits, and the many other events and programs that are so important in growing awareness of the arts to the community and surrounding areas. Press release

  • SCH Auditorium Exterior Project & Stabilization project: $5,890 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 $32,110 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 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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