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36th-Annual Over the River Run,
October 12, 2024

7th-Annual Star-Spangled Night Run,
June 22, 2024

Raise the Roof!

Our 20th Anniversary!

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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.


  • SCHF Event Calendar

  • More! Activities Log of all current and past years' activities.

  • The Southern Cultural Center is a GREAT venue for Rentals!

  • All Eventbrite SCHF Activities.

  • Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)

  • Line Dance Practices in the SCHC Academy Dance Room. For May, 2024, practices will be every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. (except for the third Monday and holidays). From 5:30 to 6:15 pm, we will focus on Beginner Dances/Warm-Up. From 6:15 to 7:30 pm, we will move into more Intermediate/Advanced Dances. The upcoming schedule is May 6, 13 and June 3. 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 Press release

  • A “Spring” Classics in the Courtyard, Fabulous Music, Lunch and Fun at Noon at the SCH Center, April 19th through May 10th, 2024 from noon - 1 p.m. This event will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music. The musical entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $15 per person, $12/SCHF members. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event. To make a reservation for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release.
    The schedule of entertainment and lunch providers are listed below:
    Friday, April 19: Performed by KEYS VS STRINGS; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event page. Buy tickets. Photos.
    Friday, April 26: HOWL & THE BIG BAD WOLVES; Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant. Facebook event page. Buy tickets. Photos.
    Friday, May 3: Performed by TMURRAY; Lunch provided by Don Ho's BBQ & Deli. Facebook event page. Buy tickets.
    Friday, May 10; Performed by FRED T & THE BAND; Lunch provided by Tommy’s BBQ. Facebook event page. Buy tickets.
    This wonderful program is also 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 Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Exhibit, Thursday, May 9, 2024.

  • Back to the 80s Dance Party, Saturday, May 11, 2024. We will do some line dancing, and of course we will have an epic playlist with some of the biggest 80’s hits. Come dressed in your favorite 80’s attire. We can’t wait to see you!! There will be a dance tutorial from 6-7 pm and a dance party from 7-9 pm. The cost is $10/person at Eventbrite. There will be a cash bar and concessions available. Join us for Dance Parties on the second Saturday of each month! Tickets are available at the door. For more information, please call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or email Facebook event page. Buy tickets. Press release.

  • Never Too Late To Create, Monday, May 13, 2024, 5:30-8:00 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, “Join us in May at my favorite spot on highway 80, Champion Hill. This beginner’s landscape is perfectly topped by an old fashioned water tower and cerulean blue sky. We will focus on blending colors to form muted tones. Bring your favorite beverage, a friend, or both!” Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Nonmember tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite, at our office, or over the phone. Member tickets can be purchased at our office or by calling. Call 601-631-2997 or stop by our office to get your tickets. Buy tickets.

  • Southern Book Club, May 15, 2024 at 6 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. May’s pick is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. 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

  • Southern Exposure Summer Camp, for nine weeks, May 28-July 26, 2024!
    The camp hours are 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 4-12. And the registration fee is $120 per child for each week, or $115 per child for two or more children. The fee includes all supplies and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their lunch.
    SCHF has full day activities for your child all summer long! 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 games and activities. Experienced and accredited teachers will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp.
    The camp sessions are as follows:
    May 28-31 Facebook event.
    June 3-7 Facebook event.
    June 10-14 Facebook event.
    June 17-21 Facebook event.
    June 24-28 Facebook event.
    July 1-5 (closed on 4th) Facebook event.
    July 8-12 Facebook event.
    July 15-19 Facebook event.
    July 22-26 Facebook event.
    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 Press release.

  • 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 the 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.” More. Press release.

  • 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.

  • More activities...

  • WLBT article, 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 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

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Mississippi Arts Commission
City of Vicksburg



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Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

(601) 631 - 2997, Phone
(601) 631 - 3734, Fax

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bordering streets

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