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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! 20 years ago, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation was formed to preserve these historic buildings and to direct their transformation into a cultural center. 20 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.
Help us celebrate with some awesome activities this fall! Save the Dates for:
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. More.
Movie Night, showing O Brother, Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was filmed! November 22, 2014. More.

  • October 2014 printable newsletter (573 KB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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

  • 26th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8am at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street.
    Mississippi Track Club results
    5-Mile Walk & Run Photos
    1-Mile Fun Run Photos
    Awards Photos
    Photos of Pre-and-Post-Race Activities
    Press release. Facebook event page.

  • 7th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays October 17th through November 7th from noon-1:00pm, will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and restaurants will provide the music and lunch. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $9 per person. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5pm on the Thursday before the event.
    Friday, October 31 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith; lunch provided by Palmertree Catering. Facebook event page.
    Friday, November 7 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event page.
    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. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

  • Grillin’ with Will, Monday, October 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join William Furlong as he demonstrates some great grilling recipes and techniques in the SCH courtyard. Registration is $30/members and $35/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, November 2nd & 23rd and December 7th from 5-6 pm in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the Cha Cha. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997.

  • SCHF Annual Meeting with speaker, Bill Ferris, November 13, 2014 in the SCH Auditorium. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we will start the night with a “Meet and Greet” at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bill Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American South. He is also adjunct professor in the curriculum on folklore. Ferris, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., has written or edited 10 books, including Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (2009), translated into French as Les Voix du Mississippi (2013). Ferris will be signing copies of his most recent book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, which was published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press. Tickets to the SCHF Annual Meeting Dinner are $30/person and are available in advance only. Tickets may be purchased by calling 601.631.2997.

  • 4-Day Stained Glass Workshop, Monday-Thursday, November 17th-20th, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with The Rev. 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 info@southernculture.org.

  • Movie Night, showing O Brother, Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was filmed! November 22, 2014 in the SCH Auditorium. Tickets are $10/person and are available at the SCHF office. For more information , please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester began on August 28, 2014. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators, Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot, plan and teach each class. The program is free, but will require a full semester commitment from the parents. It will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents the 7th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the historic SCH Auditorium from from 9:00am-3:00pm. Admission to the show is $1. Holly Days will feature an assortment of vendors showcasing their products plus local talent will entertain the attendees. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Vicksburg SLAM: 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 www.vicksburgslam.com or info@vicksbugslam.com.

  • SCH Auditorium Exterior Project & Stabilization project: $6,801 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 $31,199 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.

  • SCHF Receives 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.

  • Hobbs Freeman Arts and Nature Celebration and Festival was 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 success!!

  • 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 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 or email mccomasmusic@hotmail.com.

  • 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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Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

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