Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

August 2005

2005 Window Restoration Project

The window project has begun! Linda Stryon along with SCHF friends and the alumni of St. Francis Xavier Academy successfully raised the funds needed to repair, sand, re-glaze, and re-paint all 73 windows in the academy building.

The Ettinger Company was awarded the bid and has successfully completed the courtyard windows. The Cherry and Clay Street sides are expected to be finished by the middle of August.

Following is a list of the generous alumni and friends who are responsible for saving the windows, and ultimately the classrooms and buildings, for use by future generations.

Each year over 180 children take part in the free after school program offered in the academy building. Close to 100 children each week are spending time in the building this summer for various art and music classes. Thanks to these special contributors, these buildings will remain in use.

The SCHF staff and Board of Directors join with Linda Styron in thanking those who have contributed to the 2005 Window Restoration Project.

Contributions made by or in honor of:

Lynne Abraham

Ann Ammons

Margaret Ann Balzi Rula

Rebecca J. Bell

Sue Anne Booth

Linda L. Caimano

Kay S. Clark

Class of 1950

Mrs. Robert Cunny

Joyce M. Davis

Concetta Derossette

Barbara Dickens

Feeney P. Elliott

Dutch and Shirley Farish

Shirley Farish

Dooley Fava

Anna Claire Gamble

Helen Gilmore

Audrey J. Goldstein

Norma L. Head

Elisabeth A. Hess

Edna Hosemann

Elsie T. Hossley

Blance Irby

Thelma Koestler

Glenda LaGarde

Ann S. Laird

Mrs. W. F. Lauderdal

Dr. Gerald Lee

Bernice Logue

Gail H. Loviza

Mrs. Sam Lusco

Linn McDuff

Mary Nell McMaster

Helen Melsheimer

Pam Melsheimer

Elizabeth Nelson

Marie Pantoliano

Mrs. L. C. Phillips

Alice Portwood

Frances J. Powell

Josephine Pratt

Geraldine G. Rabon

Mrs. Walter Reynolds

Elizabeth S. Rooks

Mrs. Mady Ross

Mrs. Sam P. Scott

Mrs. Alexander Shiers

Mrs. Jerry Speights

C. R. Styron III

Linda Styron

Diane Sutton

Mary P. Terry

Marion H. Theobald

Mrs. Harry H. Ulery

Edythe Todd Ward

Janice G. Waring

Amelia O. Winchester

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.

Both partners and individual are encouraged to attend. Class will meet Sundays, August 7 and 21 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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.

Community Meeting for Planned Museum of Mississippi History

SCHF is pleased to host a community meeting for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to discuss their upcoming project, the Museum of Mississippi History on Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Architectural renderings of the new museum and preliminary exhibit designs will be on display at the meeting. "We hope the public will offer ideas about how we can best present the local history of each region we visit," said Old Capitol Museum director Lucy Allen. "We also welcome suggestions about artifacts that we might want to exhibit in the new museum."

The new museum will have more than four times the exhibit space available in the Old Capitol. The larger public space will enable the museum to expand its educational programming, enhancing the museum's effort to serve as a leader in history education statewide and as a model nationwide.

The meeting will be in the SCHF academy building. Please use the courtyard entrance on Adams Street. For more information, call 601-631-2997 .

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 August, the Southern Book Club will discuss Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17.

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

Mercy Archives Summer Intern

SCHF has taken great strides toward reaching out archival goals this summer thanks to the help of Jered Lambiotte, SCHF’s summer intern.

Jered Lambiotte, a Vicksburg native, is a full-time student and President’s Scholar at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. His major is American Studies, with a concentration in History and English and a minor in Politics.

In addition to working with SCHF’s Mercy Archives this summer, Jered spent time with the state archives learning techniques at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Jered has been a valuable addition to the SCHF staff this summer. He has volunteered his time and services to help organize and catalog the Mercy Archives.

Instead of returning to Hendrix this fall, Jered has been accepted to the Washington Semester Program. Jered will be studying in Washington, D.C. where he will concentrate on American Politics.

Jered will be missed around the office, but we are forever grateful to his time, commitment , and hard work.

Good Luck, Jered!

Summer Programming Success

SCHF has had such a busy and successful summer! From children’s camps, to adult workshops, to holiday celebrations, archival work and building rehab - it’s been busy! But none of it would have been possible without the help and support of SCHF members and our generous volunteers!

The summer started off with a bang with the 75th Old Mississippi River Bridge Celebration. SCHF partnered with the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation to sponsor the Celebration. SHCF hosted a month long children’s art exhibit for the occasion and hosted the Celebration Dinner. Thanks to all who helped make the event and exhibit a success.

For the first time this summer, SCHF had weekly mini art camps for kids. Monday afternoons, the Mini Monday camp was open to the public and taught drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture techniques. On Thursdays, the same art instructors returned and lead the kids of the Mississippi Prevention Service in the same great art lessons. Thanks so much to our many instructors and volunteers, including Stacy Copeland, Daisy Anderson, and Kathy Gibson.

For the first time this year, Vicksburg extended it’s 4th of July Celebration to last a full weekend. We proudly joined with the Four Seasons of the Arts in planning and hosting the Navy Band and the Myles Family Gospel Singers. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with the busy holiday weekend!

The Multicultural Arts Camp in July was a huge success. Children learned the art, dance, music, customs, and cuisine of several different cultures. They also completed a fun cultural mural on the wall in the academy building. We could not have made it without our instructors Nancy Mitchell and Karla McHan or the many volunteer cooks, painters, and student helpers.

In addition to the new activities, we continued to host adult workshops, ballroom dance, and our book club. Thanks to the many members and volunteers that make those events successful each month.

Last, but certainly not least, is the window project. We are so proud to have Linda Styron as the chairman of the window committee. Her hard work shows in each completed window! A big thank you to Linda and the many who joined with her to make the project a reality.

This summer has been a busy one, but it is only just the beginning. SCHF grows each season. Thank you for your continued support and for making each of these projects successful. If you are interested in volunteering, we have something to fit every interest. Please call the SCHF office today!

It is our goal to continue to preserve and restore these historic buildings while offering cultural enrichment for every member of the community.

River Kids

SCHF will continue to offer the River Kids After School Arts Program this fall. The program is free of charge for up to 180 children each year.

After School Music:    Mondays 4:00 - 5:30

After School Art:       Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30

The program will begin in September. Watch the mail for more details. To register or for more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Halloween Ball

Mark your calendar for SCHF’s Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 29.

Start planning your costume now! All proceeds from the Halloween Ball will benefit SCHF. Make plans to join us for great food, music, dancing, and a spooky good time!

If you are interested helping with decorations, planning, or serving on the Halloween Ball Committee, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

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

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