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Our 20th Anniversary!

30th Annual Over the River Run October 13, 2018
29th Annual Over the River Run October 14, 2017

Raise the Roof!

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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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!

  • March 2018 newsletter (1.5 MB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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

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

  • The 3rd Annual Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition. The deadline to register is  March 30, 2018. Entry fees are $20 for individuals and $50 for groups (3 or more). To register, download the forms below and bring completed form along with entry fee(s) into the SCHF office or mail to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. More.
    Rules     Entry Form     Guardian Form
    Preliminary Competition: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Facebook event page.
    Final Competition: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Facebook event page.

  • Mississippi Art Colony Exhibit, March 5 through April 24, 2018. The Mississippi Art Colony was established in 1948 at the Allisons Wells Hotel in Way, Mississippi. The Smithsonian lists the Colony as the country's oldest artist-run organization of its kind. The members meet twice a year (Spring and Fall) at Camp Henry S. Jacobs near Utica, Mississippi. Every session, the Mississippi Art Colony asks the guest artist to select a show that will travel the state, representing the artists who attend. The Fall Colony 2017 Traveling Show was selected by guest artist, David Hornung. The show will be on display in the Exhibit Room at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (SCHC). The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.
    There will be a Reception for the Mississippi Art Colony Exhibit Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 5-7 pm. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release.

  • Southern Book Club, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In March, the monthly book is The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires. 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

  • The Daniel Plan Cooking Class with William Furlong, Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Discover and sample recipes from The Daniel Plan. William will demonstrate delicious and easy recipes that are “Healthy Eating for Life.” The hands-on workshop will show you how to shop for, plan menus and cook food that nourishes your body and soul. Registration is $35/SCHF members and $40/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • “More Than a Painting” Art Classes with Nancy Mitchell - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It's finally Spring!! Come paint with Nancy Mitchell in the Impressionism style of Alfred Sisley! He painted A May Morning in Moret and so will you! 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. Classes suit both artists and beginners. Students also learn basics about composition and color mixing. Registration for each class is $45/SCHF members and $50/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release.

  • Save the Date!! The first ever “Star Spangled Night Run in Vicksburg,” June 30, 2018, A 5K Night Run/Walk through downtown Vicksburg. Registration information will be available April 2, 2018. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email Press release. More.

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). Press release. More.

  • Vicksburg Slam, 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 13, 2018. 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 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 Historic Auditorium
    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 deductible.

  • 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 deductible.
    We so appreciate your support!!!!!!

  • More activities...

  • WLBT article, Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.

  • Guitar & Ukulele Lessons. Richard McComas, 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 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



Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation: A Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center consists of five historic buildings ranging from 1830-1955. It formerly served as the St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy and is currently the place to be for cultural programming including art workshops, ballroom dances lessons, concerts, lectures, cooking workshops, exhibits, free after school art programs, photography workshops and the list goes on and on.


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Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

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