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.
29th Annual Over the River Run
(2017), Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8 a.m. at
the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and
This unique run follows a scenic course heading west across
the Mississippi River to Delta, Louisiana and then returns
back to the finish line. The event includes a 5-mile run,
5-mile walk, and a one-mile fun run for kids.
Photos from the 29th Over the River Run are at
Mississippi Track Club
Vicksburg Post article
10th Annual “Classics in
the Courtyard,” Fridays October 20th through
November 10th from noon-1:00 p.m. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch
can be purchased for $10 per person. The musical
entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy
Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be
made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Friday, October 27 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and
Originals performed by Patrick Smith; Lunch provided by
Friday, November 3 – Classic Pop and Country
performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; Lunch provided by
Friday, November 10 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals
performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; Lunch
provided by The Anthony
information or to make reservations for lunch, please call
the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, October 22, 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
“Kids in the Kitchen”
Halloween Classes, two different classes led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural
Heritage Center. The first class is on Monday, October 23rd
from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for kids ages 4-8 (Facebook event page).
The second class is on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-7:30
p.m. for kids ages 8-12 (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
Friday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m., part of “A Nightmare on
Crawford Street” during October at the Southern Cultural
Heritage Center. Come help us raise more than the dead!
There will be a DJ, food, and a cash bar with signature
drinks! Come in costume! There will be a costume contest
with a People's Choice Award and a Best Costume Award
winning a cash prize! Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at
the door. A purchase of 8 or more tickets will reserve a
table. For tickets, call the SCHF business office at
Facebook event page.
Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt
at the SCHC with Mississippi Paranormal Society, a
paranormal investigation fundraising event, Saturday, October 28,
2017 from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person.
There will be a limited number of tickets available. You
must purchase tickets in advance! All proceeds will go to
the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. This is a HUGE
event! “Huge” as in investigating three buildings of the
SCHC! This is the paranormal event you do not want to miss!
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the
SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
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.
Facebook event page.
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
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
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