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!
(1.8 MB Adobe Reader file)
SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
The SCHF will be closed on May 30.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, May 29th 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 Cha Cha. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
“More Than a Painting”
Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 9 a.m.-noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday,
June 2, 2016 from 5:30-8:30p.m. (Facebook event page)
Nancy Mitchell has been teaching art for 34 years. As an
educator and artist, she practices a variety of media
including basic drawing, batik workshops and charcoal. Each class will be
painting “View of Guernsey” in the style of Monet. Registration for each class is $40/SCHF members and
$45/Non-members. For reservations or more information,
please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email
Essential Oils 101 with
Sandra Brown Tuesday, June 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn the basics about using essential oils and make your
own personalized sugar scrub or salt scrub. Also, receive a
5ml wild orange essential oil for free for attending the
workshop. What are essential oils and where do they come
from? How do I use essential oils? What are the benefits of
using essential oils? Can anyone use essential oils? Is
there a difference in essential oil brands? Why use
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade DoTerra Oils? Can I use
essential oils on my cat or dog? The fee for the class is
$20/SCHF members and $25/non-members. Reservations are
required and space is limited. To make a reservation, call
601.631.2997 or email
Facebook event page.
4-Day Stained Glass
Workshop, Monday-Thursday, June 13-16, 2016 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
The annual Vicksburg
Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids, June 13-17, 2016 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 three different cultures. 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.
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $20,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant
is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission
will award in 2015-2016 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 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.
Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three
signature Vicksburg Races: Over
the River Run, October 8, 2016;
Chill in the Hills,
January 16, 2016;
Run Thru History, March 5, 2016. 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
Slam web page, 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 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