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)
November 23 through Monday, November 27, 2023. Happy
Line Dance Practices in the SCHC Academy Dance Room.
For November and December of 2023, practices will be on
Thursday nights (except for holidays) at 5:30 p.m. The
upcoming schedule is November 30. We will put out a schedule for each month prior to that month. Admission is $5/person.
Location and Parking: Please park in the Courtyard Parking lot of the Cultural Center (on the corner of Adams and Clay Streets, as soon as you turn off of Clay onto Adams, you take an immediate right where there is an entrance sign to the Cultural Center and enter the Academy Building straight ahead).
For more information call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or email email@example.com.
“Southern Exposure” Fall
Mini Camp, November 20-22, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. (Early drop-off is available at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up
through 5:15 p.m.) The camp is open to kids ages 4-13. And
the registration fee is $90 per child for the week and
includes all supplies and a daily snack (this fee includes a
$25 non-refundable fee to hold your spot). Kids are asked to
bring their 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. The children
will perform improvisation throughout the week to their
peers. Experienced and accredited educator, Karen
Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp.
Space is limited and reservations are required. For more
information or to register, call the Southern Cultural
Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or email
Never Too Late To Create,
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. with Karen Biedenharn in the SCHC Academy building. The fee is $35/person, but only $30/SCHF Members and includes all supplies. Karen says,
“This class will work on an 11 x 14 canvas and get into the
Christmas spirit with this snow-covered fir in a wintry
forest visited by a cardinal or if you prefer, a raven. It
is so fun to personalize these projects. He may be visited
by an owl or even a bulldog!!” Space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, go to
Eventbrite.com, call 601.631.2997, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th Annual “Holly Days”
Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, December 2, 2023
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the historic SCHF Auditorium.
Admission is $2. “Holly Days” will feature a room full of
quality vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, plus local
talent will entertain the attendees. This year, there will
be a new addition to Holly Days for the guys- our North
Pole Mancave! Come lounge with the guys, watch some
football, and have some snacks, coffee, and cocktails. This event will precede
Vicksburg Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights at
5 p.m. The show has become a tradition in Vicksburg. The
live entertainment will include the YMCA Cardio Drummers,
Jeanne Evans’ music students, Rachel Storey’s piano
students, Denise Ragsdale’s piano students, Ruthann
Schnell’s violin students, Debra Franco School of Dance, and
RiverPointe Dance. Miller’s Southern Comfort Food
will be on site selling delicious food! For
more information, call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997 or email
Southern Book Club,
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 6 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
Plant Drive! Our
gardens are in need of some new plants! We will be taking
donations of plants in the month of May! Plants may be
dropped off at our office during normal business hours or
during any Classics in the Courtyard.
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