Preserving the history, culture and architecture of this area and providing all citizens with the opportunity to experience cultural, artistic & educational enrichment





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34th-Annual Over the River Run,
October 8, 2022

5th-Annual Star-Spangled Night Run,
June 18, 2022

Raise the Roof!

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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.

 Our upcoming activities suit many interests, and our past activities are a testimony of the rich cultural heritage of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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.


  • SCHF Event Calendar

  • Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)

  • More! Activities Log of all current and past years' activities.

  • The Southern Cultural Center is a GREAT venue for Rentals!

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,600 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.65 million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2023 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. “We are pleased to provide support to arts organizations throughout the state who inspire and serve their communities every day,” said Sarah Story, executive director of MAC. “These funds will help organizations continue to create innovative exhibitions, performances, and programming for millions of people to enjoy throughout the next year.” More. Press release.

  • “Southern Exposure” Fall Mini Camp, November 21-23, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early drop-off is available at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up through 5:15 p.m.) The camp is open to kids ages 4-13. And the registration fee is $80 per child for the week and includes all supplies and a daily snack (this fee includes a $25 non-refundable fee to hold your spot). Kids are asked to bring their lunch. During this camp, children will be “exercising mind, body, and soul” as they utilize the gymnasium, art classrooms, auditorium, gardens, and media room of the SCHC to investigate southern music, gardening, art, manners, and other camp-like activities. The children will perform improvisation throughout the week to their peers. Also, the kids will be working on a special project of completing new art boards for the Catfish Row Park at the Riverfront. Experienced and accredited educator, Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or email Press releaseFacebook event.

  • SCHF Closed, November 23-25, 2022

  • 14th Annual “Holly Days” Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the historic SCHF Auditorium. Admission is $2. “Holly Days” will feature a room full of quality vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, plus local talent will entertain the attendees. This event will precede Vicksburg Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. The show has become a tradition in Vicksburg. For more information, call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997 or email Facebook event page.

  • Holly Jolly Good Time with Lana, Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2 p.m. The kids will enjoy Christmas music and games, a hot chocolate bar, they will decorate and make ornaments, Santa and Angel crafts, reindeer food, candy canes, and many more Christmas treats! This class is open to ages 4-9, and both boys and girls are welcome. Registration is $45 per child. Fees must be paid in advance by December 8th. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email Buy tickets.

  • “Never Too Late To Create: Christmas Edition,” with Karen Biedenharn, Monday, December 12, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.How do you make a circle look like a Christmas Ball? Come take a colorful study in shading techniques with acrylic and leave with a celebration piece encircled with your favorite quote, lyrics, prayer, or Christmas carol! The project for December is an opener for beginners and an invitation to borrow Karen’s art supplies and play in a friendly welcoming environment. Karen encourages you to choose to add activities to your life that will stimulate the right side of your mind and enjoy an evening out of the norm. Your family will be blown away by artistic efforts and you will have fun exploring acrylics. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $25/person (includes all supplies). To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email Press release. Buy tickets.

  • Bead Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Come string your own beaded necklace from a large donation of costume jewelry beads of various shapes and sizes. You will leave with one 36" non-clasping string of your own design. Perfect for gifting or enjoying this holiday season. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $25/person. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email Buy tickets.

  • Southern Book Club, December 21, 2022 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

  • Violin Lessons: The SCHF offers 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.

  • More activities...

  • WLBT article, Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.

  • 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 release.

  • 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.

City of Vicksburg sceneImportant Community links...
Vicksburg/Warren Chamber of Commerce
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vicksburg Main Street

Vicksburg Theatre Guild and Gold in the Hills

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Mississippi Arts Commission
City of Vicksburg



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Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time!

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

(601) 631 - 2997, Phone
(601) 631 - 3734, Fax

Detailed map of our buildings and their
bordering streets

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