Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

April 2006

Spring Pilgrimage 2006

Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage 2006 is under way! The season was kicked off with a well-attended cocktail reception at the Shlenker House.

The SCHF is featuring our newly restored Cobb House during Vicksburg’s Spring Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage began March 25 and will run through April 15.

The Cobb House will be open for tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout Pilgrimage.

SCHF needs volunteer tour guides for pilgrimage. If you are interested in leading tours or participating in Pilgrimage, please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by 1302 Adams Street.

All docents are provided with a written history of the building and its furnishing. No memorization required! It’s a great chance for guides to roll out the red carpet for our City’s visitors and to share a little local history.

Please consider volunteering for a few hours during one of the tour dates. Your time is valuable to SCHF!

 Ballroom Dance

The SCHF offers monthly ballroom dance classes. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland, teaches classes in ballroom, Latin, swing and many other styles of dance.

Class will meet Sundays, April 2 and 23 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Academy Building.

Both individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $20 per person for each two hour session. For more information or for reservations, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette

The SCHF is pleased to bring the Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette back to Vicksburg this spring. Jay Pearson, Director of the Mississippi School of Protocol and Etiquette, will lead a youth (age 7-12) and teen (age 13-17) six week course.

During this program, children will learn etiquette and leadership skills while in a historic setting with topics including introductions, posture, table etiquette, table manners, voice levels, telephone manners, and conversation skills.

The teen course will be held in the SCHF academy building every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 3 and continuing until May 8. The youth course will be every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning April 4 and ending May 9.

The program will culminate with an elegant dinner in Jackson, Mississippi where participants from across the state will show their families and guests their new skills. The banquet will also include an awards ceremony for the participants.

The professional teaching staff makes learning fun with interactive programs, slides, CD-ROMS and illustrated workbooks.

For more information, please visit the website at To register, please contact the Mississippi School of Protocol & Etiquette at 601-502-0973 or 800-939-8963. The program is sponsored by River Region Health System.

Humanities Lecture Series
Iraq: The People and the Possibilities

Join us for a unique look into the struggles and successes building of a new country in April’s Humanities Lecture. Charlie Mitchell, Executive Editor of The Vicksburg Post, spent three weeks last month embedded with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in various locations throughout Iraq. Mitchell will share the ongoing work and complications being faced en route to creating a market economy and stable governance in a place that has never had either.

While in Iraq, Mitchell wrote numerous articles and columns outlining the American efforts as well as the local Iraqi response and contributions as the new democracy forms. The lecture will address not only the progress and logistics, but also the personalities and opinions of both the U.S. military and the Iraqi civilians. The lecture will offer an opportunity to see the whole picture through the unbiased eyes of a local journalist.

Accompanying the lecture will be a slide show of previously unpublished photos from Mitchell’s trip to Iraq. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Charlie Mitchell, a Vicksburg local, has been a journalist for 30 years and prior to being named Executive Editor for the Vicksburg Post in 2005, served as Managing Editor for 20 years. Holding both a B.A. Degree in Communication and a Juris Doctorate, Mitchell has won numerous awards for his writing and held various offices including Presidency of the Mississippi Press Association. In addition to penning two weekly columns for the Vicksburg Post, he is syndicated in over 20 newspapers across the state.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be at 6:00 p.m. on April 18 in the SCHF Academy Building. Please use the courtyard entrance. For more information, please call the SCHF at 601-631-2997 or stop by the office anytime at 1302 Adams Street.

Southern Book Club

The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. The group focuses on Southern authors and subjects, but is open to any good read. Book and author suggestions are welcomed.

For April, the Southern Book Club will discuss Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

Please call the SCHF office for meeting location or for more information.

Mississippi Art Colony Exhibit

Since 1948, the Mississippi Art Colony has brought together artists and instructors to create, study, and critique each other’s work. The Mississippi Art Colony is the oldest of its kind in the nation, drawing on artists in varied media from Mississippi and neighboring states.

The Mississippi Art Colony passes on the beauty it creates by taking winners of its juried competition to communities across the state. The 2006 Traveling Exhibit is comprised of those chosen selections.

The exhibit will open in the Cobb House on Monday, May 8. The Exhibit will be displayed in the Cobb House through May 26.

The Traveling Exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. The exhibit will be available for viewing during SCHF operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or other times by appointment. Please use the courtyard entrance from Adams Street.

For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

SCHF Summer Youth Programming

It’s never to early to begin planning for the summer! There are several important dates to mark on your calendar for youth activities.

Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp

SCHF is proud to present the third year of the Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp beginning June 26 and ending June 30. The program teaches children the art, dance, music, and cuisine of a different culture each day of the week and culminates in a public performance. The camp is open to any child who has completed the 1st grade through the 6th grade. The $50 camp fee includes all supplies and a snack each day.

Mini Monday Art Camp

This summer, SCHF will also offer the Mini-Monday Art Camps, each Monday afternoon in June and July. Children will work on a variety of projects ranging from painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, sculpture, and much more! The program is open to children who have completed the 1st grade through the 6th. The $5 fee includes all supplies.

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the exciting summer programming. Be sure to watch your mail for more information about other youth summer programs, summer concerts, performances and adult workshops.

For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

For more information about activities, membership, or rentals, please call or stop by the SCHF office, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS  39180, 601-631-2997.

1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-631-2997
Fax: 601-631-3734

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