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.
December 2018/January 2019
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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.
Registration now open for The River Kids Free After-School
Art Program. Spring Semester will begin on January
24, 2019. Open to any
child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60
students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. for the
thirteen week program
through April 18, 2019. It will expose creativity through
drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and
many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited
educators Karen Biedenharn and Ashleigh Holliday 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
This free after-school program is 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 the
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and
corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
January 27, 2019
Kids in the Kitchen:
February 5, 2019
“More Than a Painting” Art Class with Nancy
Mitchell, Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come join Nancy
Mitchell and paint a vase of Amaryllis in the style of
Swedish-American Birger Sandmen. Classes suit both
artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes anyone can
learn to draw and be creative. However, in today’s world not
many people have time for weekly art classes. This class is
based on a painting she designs to mimic the style of a
renowned artist. The step-by-step process enables each
student to recreate the painting, adding their personal
style. Students also learn basics about composition and
color mixing. 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. Registration is $40/SCHF Members and
$45/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For
reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF
office at 601.631.2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Cooking for Couples,
Monday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. William Furlong will
offer simple, elegant recipes for two with the aim of
turning the routine daily task of making dinner into a
relaxing and romantic bonding experience. With Valentine's
Day around the corner, the workshop is designed for all the
busy working couples out there who find themselves with
limited time for just about everything - including fixing
dinner and for spending quality moments with each other.
Registration is $55/couple SCHF members and $60/couple
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.
Southern Book Club,
February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.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
Fort St. Pierre Lecture
Series, February 27, 2019
Kids in the Kitchen:
Mardi Gras, February 28, 2019
de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Saturday, March
2, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation
for Historic Preservation (VFHP). Cajun Gumbo Cook-off, Live
Music, Dancing, Food, Drinks, Children's Activities and
more! For questions or more information, please visit
www.facebook.com/vicksburg.mardi.gras or contact Nancy
Bell at 601.636.5010 or
Facebook event page.
SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a
$17,400 grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a
portion of the $1.4 million in grants the Commission will
award in 2018-2019 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.
release. For information from the Mississippi Arts
Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director,
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