Digital camera ‘how to’ class
Tuesday, May 6th, 5:30-7pm
Thursday, May 8th, 5:30-7pm
$30 per person for SCHF members and $35 for
nonmembers. Call 601-631.2997eservations required.
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. This month the dance will be the
Class will meet Sundays, May 11 and 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. in
the academy building.
Both individuals and couples are welcomed. The fee is $20 per
person for each two hour session. For more information, please call the SCHF
office. at 601-631-2997.
2008 Traveling Exhibit is a juried art show comprised of those chosen
selections from artists across the state and the region.
The exhibit will open
at the Cultural Center, May 13. It will be on display through through the
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 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm
to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 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.
Student groups are encouraged to attend. Special group viewings can be
arranged by reservation.
The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each
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 May, the Southern Book Club will discuss
The Appeal by John Grisham 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
Please call the SCHF office for meeting location or for more
Skelton: Master Quilter of Mississippi signing will be held at the SCHF
Auditorium, Thursday, June 12 from 4 pm to 6 pm.
The book is an illustrated biography of one of the state's most beloved
artisans and teachers. Like all art forms, quilting has its "masters," and
Vicksburg, Mississippi's Martha Butcher Skelton is among them. Noted quilt
scholar Mary Elizabeth Johnson chronicles Martha Skelton's life and her
development into one of America's foremost quilt artists.
The book is an illustrated biography of one
of the state's most beloved artisans and teachers. Like all art forms,
quilting has its "masters," and Vicksburg, Mississippi's Martha Butcher
Skelton is among them. Noted quilt scholar Mary Elizabeth Johnson chronicles
Martha Skelton's life and her development into one of America's foremost
Having completed more than two hundred
quilts, Skelton has been recognized as a master quilter and teacher of the
craft. Twice she was selected to participate in the Smithsonian
Institution's Folklife Festival.
Welcome Home Ellis
International entertainment journalist and the recognized expert on Patsy
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents entertainment media
journalist, author, playwright and Vicksburg Native, Ellis Nassour. Ellis
will present a lecture on his book Honky Tonk Angel and also speak about his
interviews with entertainers throughout the years. There will also be Patsy
Cline musical tribute performances throughout the evening by Vicksburg
vocalist, Maria Adona. This event will be held at the SCHF Auditorium on
Friday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. A
book signing will follow the next day at Lorelei Books on Washington Street.
Honky Tonk Angel, the first and definitive
biography of Patsy Cline, the first female country singer to cross the line
into pop and blues, is based on exclusive and extensive interviews with
Patsy Cline’s mother, husbands, and also the country stars who knew and
Ellis Nassour has led a
fascinating and colorful career. As vice president of artist relations for
MCA Music, he participated in the development of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd
Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and the careers of The Who, Elton
John [supervising his American debut and first U.S. tour], Bing Crosby, Rick
Nelson, Bill Cosby, Neil Diamond, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Conway Twitty,
Crystal Gale, Florence Henderson, classical guitarist Andres Segovia; and,
independently, the careers of disco diva Gloria Gaynor, soul diva Millie
Jackson and Broadway composers Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Ellis
coordinated tours headlining Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul & Mary,
Al Hirt, Peter Nero, Connie Stevens, Julie London and Bobby Troupe. His
first interview was with Bob Hope. He's a veteran of The New York Times
and New York Daily News. Ellis provided the entire spoken word
elements of the hit revue Always, Patsy Cline, which is an
international hit; and has adapted his book into an original "Broadway"
musical with the Patsy Cline hits and an original score with music by George
Leonard and lyrics by Nassour. Ellis has conducted numerous creative
writing seminars. He has endowed the University of Mississippi with the
Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection, presently housed in
the John D. Williams Library, in memory of his parents. Ellis was
instrumental in getting Patsy Cline named to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. For
more on Ellis and Honky Tonk Angel, visit
is proud to present the Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp June 23-27 from 8
a.m. to 12 p.m. During this unique camp, children discover the art, dance,
music and cuisine of different cultures, and will learn
new artistic techniques while developing an appreciation for the traditions
and customs of others. The camp is open to any child age 6 to 12. The $50
camp fee includes all supplies and a snack each day. Space is limited and
reservations are required. For more information, please call the SCHF office
at 601-631-2997 or email
Meet the Folks behind the Food
The Southern Foodways Alliance Oral
History Initiative at Year Three — Photo Exhibit
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host the “Meet the Folks
Behind the Food: The SFA Oral History Initiative at Year Three.” This
photo exhibit, featuring portraits of fifty individuals chronicled by the
Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Initiative, celebrates the unsung
and uncelebrated men and women whose work has helped keep alive Southern
The Southern Foodways Alliance is an
institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University
of Mississippi. It is a member-supported organization of more than 800
people, including chefs and academics, writers and eaters. The
organization’s mission is to document and celebrate the diverse food
cultures of the American South, and this traveling exhibit is just one
component of their documentary endeavors.
The traveling portrait exhibit brings
attention to the cooks, chefs, restaurateurs, and producers whose work has
helped keep alive Southern Foodways. It aims to highlight the import of
maintaining those traditions on which Southern cuisine, its regions, and its
identities are built. The exhibit will be on display at the Southern
Cultural Academy Building through June 23-July 23. For more information on
the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance, visit
An Evening with Nevada Barr
New York Times
bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon series
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents an “Evening with Nevada
Barr”. The New York Times bestselling author will present a lecture on her
books, life and art at the SCHF Auditorium on Tuesday, July 15th 7:00 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the
program. (Lorelei Books will be selling books on site)
of the influx of inquiries and limited seating for this event, members of
the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation can make reservations. If you
are not presently a member of the Foundation, you can contact the office to
obtain an application. Without a reservation, seating will be on a first
come first served basis.
For more information about this exciting event, please call the SCHF office