Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

January 2007

SCHF Elects New Board of Directors

Since its first meeting in the Fall of 1994, the Board of Directors of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has worked hard ensure the future of the Cultural Center.

The SCHF Board of Directors shapes the program of work and remains committed to the mission and goals of the organization. It is through the leadership and commitment of these twenty-one volunteers and previous board members that SCHF preserves the five historic buildings in the Mississippi Landmark property and continues to provide enriching cultural, educational, and artistic programming to the community.

During the November Annual Meeting, the new 2007 Board of Directors and officers were elected. Thanks so much to the new 2007 Board of Directors for their time, talents and willingness to serve. The organization could not survive without you!

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

2007 Board of Directors

Nancy Bell, President

Bettye Sue Kline, Vice-President

Mike Curtis, Treasurer

Carol Eaton, Secretary

Joy Brabston

Mitsy Clendenin

Brigadier General Robert Crear

Minor Ferris

Linda Follmer

Hobbs Freeman

Dorethea “Charlie” Gholson

Joey Halinski

Anita Houston

Betty Jackson

Toni Lanford

Ed Lawler

Bill Longfellow

Robert Morrison, III

Linda Parker

John Smith

Landman Teller, Jr.

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 January, the Southern Book Club will discuss Barefootin' by Unita Blackwell and Joanne Prichard on Wednesday, January 17.

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

Ballroom Dance

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

October classes will study East Coast Swing. Class will meet Sundays, January 21 and 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Academy Building.

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.

Children's Show Choir

SCHF is now taking reservations for the spring semester of the after school music program. The children’s show choir will teach children basic music and vocal skills, as well as movement, choreography, and performance skills.

The program is open to any child interested in singing and performing. The program will culminate with a public performance.

Classes are planned and implemented by an experienced, accredited educator. Melinda Carter-Calvert will lead this years program. Melinda has been an elementary music instructor for the Vicksburg Warren School District for eight years.

The free program is free and and filled on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are required.

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

River Kids After School Art Program

The spring semester of the River Kids After School Program is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 25 at SCHF.  The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents.

This year the program is open to any child in 1st through 6th grades.  There is no fee to participate.  The program is free and open to the public thanks in part to the Mississippi Arts Commission, the City of Vicksburg, SCHF members, and corporate sponsors.

The art classes expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture, and many more exciting techniques.

Classes are planned and implemented by experienced, accredited educators.  Karen Biedenharn and  Susan Causey will lead this year’s program.

Reservations are required.  The program is free and filled on a first come, first served basis.

Adult Art Workshop: Anyone Can Draw

If your New Year’s resolution is to be more creative, begin a rewarding hobby, or get in touch with your inner artist, make plans to join us for our upcoming beginner’s drawing class.

The three session class, Anyone Can Draw, with Nancy Mitchell, veteran artist and art educator, will be Thursdays, January 25, February 1, and February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The class will teach beginners drawing basics through exercises in contour drawing and shading; it concludes with a still life drawing.

The fee for the class is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. The fee includes all materials. Please call the SCHF office at 631-2997 for reservations. Space is limited, so call today!

Volunteer Opportunities at SCHF

The new year is such a busy time for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and there are many volunteer opportunities. Here are a few of our current needs:

  • Spring Pilgrimage - Volunteers are needed to welcome guests, sell tickets, and lead tours through the Cobb House (guide books available with building history, furniture descriptions, and restoration details). Pilgrimage begins in March, but tour guides are needed all year for bus tour groups.

  • Exhibit Organizers - Volunteers are needed to help hang the exhibits and bring food for the opening receptions.

  • Promotions - Volunteers are needed to help plan and promote events as well as distribute flyers around town.

  • Gardening - Spring is just around the corner. Volunteers are needed to help maintain SCHF flower beds and herb garden.

With five buildings on an entire city block and a variety of programming, there are many ways to help! If you have an interest not listed above, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

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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