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 32nd Annual Over the River Run is POSTPONED ONE WEEK!!!
Due to Hurricane Delta approaching the
Vicksburg area this Saturday and for the safety of our
participants, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHF)
is postponing the Over the River Run until next Saturday,
October 17th at 8am CST. The race begins at the Old
Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington
Street. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,
but the safety of our participants is our main concern.
The 32nd Annual Over the River
Run is adding a VIRTUAL option to the race in 2020!
32nd Annual Over the
River Run (2020), Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8
a.m. CST at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and
Washington Street. We are so excited to be able
to have this event in person which will include a 5-mile run
and a 5-mile walk! If you are not ready for the in-person
event, we have you covered! We are offering a virtual
choice, as well. There will be two categories for virtual
events, a 10K run and a 5K walk. This unique run follows a scenic course
heading west across the Mississippi River to Delta,
Louisiana and then returns back to the finish line. Due to COVID-19, we will be
limiting the number of participants allowed to register. The
first 400 registered participants, in-person or virtual,
will be guaranteed an awesome DryBlend OTRR Shirt. So,
register early!! The entry fee is $30 for the in-person
5-mile race, or the virtual 10K run/5K walk. There is a Family rate of $125 (limit
of 5) for the in-person 5-mile race through October 1. Late fees will apply to entries
received after October 1st. Early registration is strongly
encouraged to secure a place at the event. Entry forms and
complete event details are available by visiting
southernculture.org. Entry forms and
fees can be dropped off at SCHF Business Office or mailed to
SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or register
Race packet pick-up will be October 16th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and
Cherry Streets) from 3:00-6:00pm CST and also the morning of
the race at the race site.
COVID-19 precautions will be
put into place to protect our participants, volunteers, and
spectators. We hope everyone appreciates these efforts and
follows the guidelines to help protect the well-being of
those who are gathering with us! We wish everyone the best
and please stay safe!
The Over the River Run is an
extremely important fundraiser for the SCHF and a very
special community event. After expenses, proceeds from the
race will go toward the rehabilitation of the Southern
Cultural Heritage Center and the many maintenance issues of
the five historic buildings of the Center.
For more information, please
call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Trifold Entry Form.
COVID-19 Requirements for Race Day.
October 1, 15, 22, & 29- River Kids After School Art Program
October 17- Over the River Run
October 12- SCHF Closed
October 16, 23, & 30- Classics in the Courtyard
October 25- "Kids in the Kitchen" Halloween
November 5, 12, & 19- River Kids After School Art Program
November 6- Classics in the Courtyard
November 13- SCHF Annual Meeting
November 25-27- SCHF Closed
December 3- River Kids Exhibit Day
December 6- "Kids in the Kitchen" Christmas
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
River Kids Free After
School Art Program. The fall Semester began August
27, 2020. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the
class will meet on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for the
thirteen-week program. 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. Our numbers will be limited this
semester due to the COVID-19 regulations. The program is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the parents. It
is 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.
call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
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