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
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.
Vendor Applications are
being accepted for the 13th Annual Holly Days Arts and
Crafts Show. The Show will be held Saturday,
December 4, 2021 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $2. Holly
Days will feature an assortment of vendors showcasing their
products plus local talent will entertain the attendees.
now being accepted. Space is limited and acceptance to the
Show will be based on the images of the crafts/art submitted
with an application. Craft and art demonstrations are a
plus. Although specific space requests will be considered,
spaces will be assigned by the Review Committee. The show
has become a much anticipated annual event. Attendees will
be able to enjoy live music while they shop the variety of
vendors chosen from a wide range of categories. Exhibit
space is $60 for Returning Vendors and $65 for New Vendors.
For more information or for an
application, contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.
Applications are also available at
Annual Over the River Run is around the Corner,
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8 a.m. CST at the Old
Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington
A unique and
very scenic 5-mile race across the Old Mississippi River
This event welcomes hundreds to the City of Vicksburg and will serve as
a wonderful family event. The 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. Complimentary entertainment, fun and
refreshments for all runners, walkers and volunteers will follow the
race in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot. Registration is open now. The
entry fees are $30 for the 5-mile race, $15 for the 1-mile
fun run, $125 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5)
through October 1st. Late fees will apply to entries
received after October 1st. Register early to receive an
OVER THE RIVER RUN T-SHIRT in a special goodie bag filled
with specialty items from local sponsors. Early
registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the
event. Entry forms and complete event details are available
forms and fees can be dropped off at SCHF Business Office or
mailed to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or
register online at
www.RaceRoster.com. Race packet pick-up will be October
8th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and Cherry
Streets) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and also the morning of the
race at the race site.
The run has acquired some very generous financial sponsors.
The Platinum Sponsors are Ergon,
Ameristar Casino, Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Mississippi, International Paper;
Gold Sponsors are Vollor Vollor & Herring
and WaterView Casino & Hotel; Silver
Sponsors are Guaranty Bank & Trust,
McDonald’s, Mutual Credit Union and
Trustmark; and Bronze Sponsors are
Curb Appeals Real Estate, Scott Robbins
Physical Therapy, Keller Williams Realty/Julie
Patton Johnson, New York Life/Stan Kline,
The Vicksburg Post and Merit Health
River Region. Additional sponsors include
Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Visit
Vicksburg, City of Vicksburg and
Fleet Feet Sports.
Sponsorships are still being accepted. Many volunteers
are needed in many areas of the planning of the event.
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.
Sponsor Application Form. For more information, please call the SCHF
office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Run-Walk Trifold Entry Form.
“More Than a Painting” Art Class with Nancy
Mitchell, Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Nancy Mitchell says, “Come paint with me!” Join Nancy in
painting “October Morning” by Guy Rose, an American
Impressionist painter. Classes
suit both artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes
anyone can learn to draw and be creative. However, in
today’s world not many people have time for weekly art
classes. This three hour class is based on a painting she
designs to mimic the style of a renowned artist. The
step-by-step process enables each student to recreate the
painting, adding their personal style. Students also learn
basics about composition and color mixing. In addition to
artist facts and a touch of art history throughout the
lesson, students receive a handout on the artist. The
students leave with a finished art piece to hang in their
home at the end of their class. Nancy Mitchell has been
teaching art for 37 years. As an educator and artist, she
practices a variety of media including basic drawing, batik
workshops and charcoal.
Registration is $45/SCHF Members and
$50/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For
reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF
office at 601.631.2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Haunted Halloween Ghost
Hunt with Mississippi Paranormal Society,
23, 2021 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person.
There will be a limited number of tickets available, and you
must purchase tickets in advance! All proceeds will go to
the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation.
Event details include:
~ Meet & Greet
~ Intro to MPS
~ Cash bar
~ Snacks will be provided
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 26, 2021. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the
class meets 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. The program is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the parents.
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
Facebook event page.
SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $11,000 grant from
the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.4
million in grants the Commission will award in 2020-2021 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.
release. For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna
Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601.359.6546 or
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.
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