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
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
The Southern Cultural
Center is a GREAT venue for
(1.5 MB Adobe Reader file).
If you would like to discontinue receiving the printed SCHF
newsletter and only receive the electronic newsletter, please
call 601-631-2997 or email
The 10th Annual Carnaval
de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Cancelled
due to COVID restrictions
Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 5-8 p.m.
presented by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic
Preservation (VFHP) at the Southern Cultural Heritage
Center. Cajun Gumbo Cook-off, Live Music, Dancing, Food,
Drinks, Children's Activities and more! Admission: Adults -
$10 (includes gumbo); Kids - $5 (includes all kids’
activities). For more information, call 601-636-5010 or
All proceeds benefit the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic
River Kids Free After-School
Art Program. The spring semester will begin on January
28, 2021. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the class
will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. for the
thirteen week program. Our numbers will be limited this
semester due to the COVID-19 regulations. SCHF will be
following all COVID-19 regulations, orders and guidance from
CDC. Space is limited and reservations are required.
The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to
discover and develop their creative talents. It will expose
creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage,
ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques.
Experienced and accredited educators plan and teach each
class. The program is free, but will require a full semester
commitment from the parents. It will be filled on a first
come, first served basis. This free after-school program is
supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts
Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National
Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous
support of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and
various appropriations. To register, call the Southern
Cultural Heritage Center business office at (601) 631-2997
Facebook event page.
The “Landy Teller
Champion for Culture and the Arts Award” for 2020
was presented to David Clement at the SCHF November board
meeting. David is a restoration architect. He received a
Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture
(Historic Preservation) both from Texas State University.
David is very involved in the preservation of the Vicksburg
community. He is the vice-chairman for the City of Vicksburg
Board of Architecture Review, he is a member of the
Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, and he has
also served on the City of Vicksburg Zoning Board, to name a
few. David has been vital in many of our restoration
projects here at SCHC for many years. Some of those projects
made possible through grants from the Mississippi Department
of Archives and History, include the Cobb House Restoration,
the Auditorium Interior/Exterior Renovations, the SCHC Roof
Project, and most recently the Convent Exterior
Rehabilitation Project. David prepared drawings and plans
for all of these projects. We appreciate David Clement so
much, and we were thrilled to present to him "The Landy
Teller Champion for Culture and the Arts Award."
Mississippi Humanities Council CARES Emergency Gant,
September 25, 2020. The Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation (SCHF) has received a $10,000 grant from the
Mississippi Humanities Council as part of the CARES Act
funding through support from the National Endowment for the
Humanities. The grant awarded to the SCHF will be used to
continue the mission of the SCHF and bring exceptional
events and quality programming to the community through
artistic excellence. For more information, please contact
the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Heritage Foundation receives MAC Cares Emergency Grant from
Mississippi Arts Commission! The Southern Cultural
Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $4,800 grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). Among the numerous
activities scheduled throughout the year, these funds are
vital in supporting the River Kids free after school art
program, a variety of concerts, workshops, lectures,
exhibits and the many other events and programs that are
instrumental in growing the awareness of the arts to the
Vicksburg community and surrounding areas. For information
about the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Anna
Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or
Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.
Guitar & Ukulele Lessons.
SCHF guitar instructor,
is seeking students 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