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 past activities
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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!
The Gospel Truth... Sunday Brunch with The Patrick
Smith Band…Celebrating 20 years at SCHF, Sunday, October
12th, 2014. More.
SCHF Annual Meeting with speaker,
Bill Ferris, Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Movie Night, showing O Brother,
Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was
filmed! Saturday, November 22, 2014.
A 20th Anniversary Exhibit of photographs and historical
June 2015 printable
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SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Raise the Roof Talent Search &
Proceeds will go to support the roof rehabilitation of the
Tickets to each show are $15 for adults, $5 for youth (ages
6-18). Admission for children 5 and under is free.
Registration opens June 1, 2015.
The deadline to enter is Monday, August 10, 2015.
Preliminary Competition August 22, 23, & 29; Semi-Final
Competition September 5 & 6, 2015; FINALE Sat., September
12, 2015 at 6:00pm
Contestants will compete in Voice, Music, Dance, Drama, and
Comedy. The age groups will be 12 & under, 13-18, and Adult.
Entry Fees: $10 for individuals & $30 for groups (of 3 or
more). CASH PRIZES will be awarded to each category winner.
Category winners will compete for Overall Cash Grand Prize
of $1,000!!! Register at
www.southernculture.org or call 601.631.2997.
Facebook event page.
4-Day Stained Glass
Workshop, Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 2015 from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Father Mark Bleakley. This workshop
will teach the student how to build a small stained glass
panel using the Tiffany style (copper foil method). Students
will learn a brief history of stained glass, pick out a
pattern, learn to cut glass, put together a panel using
copper foil, and solder their panel. The class will be (4)
two-hour sessions. Registration includes stained glass and
basic supplies. Space is limited and reservations are
required. Registration is $160/members and $170/non-members.
To make reservations or for more information, please call
the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, June 28th from 5-6 p.m. in the academy
building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause
Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the Foxtrot. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
Lions Club International
Peace Poster Contest, July 6-10, 2015. The contest
is open to kids ages 11-13. Admission is free and
participants are required to meet July 6-10 from 10-11:30
a.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Students will
be guided by art instructor, Karen Biedenharn, to complete
their posters. Three winners will be chosen by judges for
cash prizes. Posters are evaluated on the following three
criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the
theme. All work must be original and completed only by the
student participant. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75,
2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the
Vicksburg Art Association will judge the works of art and
winners will be announced. For more information, please call
Facebook event page.
Summer Salads Workshop
by William Furlong, Monday, July 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:30
p.m. Yearning for a fresh salad in the warm weather? William
Furlong will show you how to elevate simple salads into
gourmet dishes. Registration is $30/SCHF members and
$35/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
Facebook event page.
The annual Vicksburg
Multicultural Arts Camp, July 13-17, 2015 from 8
a.m.-noon for ages 6-12. Registration fee $50 per child.
Includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. During
this unique camp, children discover the art, dance, music
and cuisine of a different culture. By studying cultural
differences and similarities through the arts, students will
learn new artistic techniques while developing an
appreciation for the traditions and customs of others. This
year we are pleased to welcome Karen Biedenharn, art
instructor, and Christie Beasley, music teacher. The camp
will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the
last day in the SCHF Auditorium. Space is limited to 60
students and reservations are required. For more information
or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997
Facebook event page.
The Southern Book Club,
Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00p.m. The Southern Book Club meets
the third Wednesday of each month. 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
Commission: Promoting and Supporting the Blues by
Dr. Edgar Smith, Monday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the SCHF
Convent Chapel. Dr. Smith will discuss the Mississippi Blues
Commission and how we can help support the blues. Many of
the most important historical sites associated with the
blues are located in Mississippi, and the state's Blues
Trail, established in 2005, has to date erected nearly 200
markers documenting this cultural significance. “If you
actually experience going around [to] some of these
communities,” says Dr. Smith, “you see that there are a
number of these musicians who are really in bad shape
financially...” In 2010, the Mississippi Blues Commission
set up the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund which is
supported primarily by the sale of Mississippi Blues Trail
license plates, a $10,000 yearly gift from the Mississippi
Blues Marathon, and private donations. This event is free
and open to the public. For more information, please call
the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three
signature Vicksburg Races: Over the River Run-October 11,
2014; The Chill in the Hills, January 17, 2015; the Run thru
History, March 7, 2015. 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
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $18,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant
is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the Commission
will award in 2014-2015 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. These funds are vital in supporting the River Kids
free after school art program, the huge variety of
performances, workshops, exhibits, and the many other events
and programs that are so important in growing awareness of
the arts to the community and surrounding areas.
SCH Auditorium Exterior
Project & Stabilization project: $5,890 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 $32,110 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
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
Hobbs Freeman Arts and Nature Celebration and Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2012
What a day!! Don't know where
to even start!! Attendees, speakers, bands, performers,
volunteers... What a fabulous festival!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!
The Hobbs Freeman arts and nature Festival was a HUGE
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
We so appreciate your support!!!!!!
Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.
SCHF guitar instructor,
has some openings for guitar lessons.
If you are interested or would like more information, please
call 601-529-6505 or email
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