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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!
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SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
Announcing “Southern Exposure,”
An All-Day Summer Camp. The camp will be held during
eight weeks of the summer, from June 4 to July 27, 2018 from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
is open to kids ages 6-13. Early drop-off starts at 7:30
a.m. and pick-up is available through 5:15 p.m. The
registration fee is $100 per child for each week. This fee
includes a $25 non-refundable fee, which is due two weeks
prior to each week attending. The fee includes all supplies
and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own lunch.
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 activities. Experienced and accredited
educator, Karen Biedenharn, will plan and oversee all
aspects of the camp. Each week of camp will have a different
Space is limited reservations are required. Remember,
reservations should be made two weeks prior to each week
attending. For more information or to register, call the
Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at
601-631-2997 or email
Brazilian Cooking with
Lou Brierley, Monday, April 23, 2018 from 5:30-7:30
p.m. There are many regional dishes in Brazil, and we will
concentrate on two very different cuisines. From Minas
Gerais, the class will make a Feijao Tropeiro, which is
pinto beans with bacon, sausage and other ingredients. Lou
will use an unexpected ingredient in the preparation of this
dish. You will be surprised! Then the class will go to Bahia
and prepare a Muqueca de Peixe (fish stew). Dishes from
Bahia have a lot of African influence and we will be using
palm oil, which is rich and orange in color. A surprise
dessert will be served after the meal. 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
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.
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.
Facebook event page.
Propulsion Dance Company
will perform in the Southern Cultural Heritage Center
Auditorium on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person. Propulsion Dance Company is a
professional contemporary dance company in Vicksburg, MS.
The company was formed in February 2016. For more
information go to
propulsiondancecompany.com or visit the Propulsion Dance
Finds Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, May 7,
2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Not sure what to do with all your
purchases at the Farmer’s Market? William Furlong will
demonstrate how to use your fruits and vegetables to create
unique and delightful dishes. 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
Facebook event page.
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
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $12,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission
Press release. More.
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
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
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
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
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.
Guitar & Ukulele Lessons.
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
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