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.
upcoming activities suit many interests, and our
are a testimony of the rich cultural heritage of Vicksburg,
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.
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SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
Activities Log of all
current and past years' activities.
2nd Annual “Star Spangled
Night Run in Vicksburg”,
June 29, 2019, beginning and ending at the Southern Cultural
Heritage Center. Registration is open now! The entry fees
are $30 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (12 & under), and
$120 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members)
through June 14th. Late fees will apply after June 14th. The
first 200 registered participants will be guaranteed either
a Night Run Tank or T-shirt. Included in the swag bag will
also be race bib, a glow item, and specialty items from
local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to
secure a place at the event. Entry forms and fees can be
dropped off at SCHF Business Office, 601 Sports or mailed to
SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Race packet
pick-up will be Friday, June 28th at the SCHF Auditorium
(corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. and also before the race at the race site starting
at 6:30 p.m. After you cross the finish line, the party
begins in the SCHC Courtyard! There will be food, drinks,
live music, and fun for all! We will light up the night just
in time for Independence Day! For entrance into the after
party and free food and drink, runners and walkers should
show their race bib and volunteers should wear their Night
Run T-shirt. All others can pay $5 for entrance into the
party and free beer. There will be additional food and drink
available for purchase. The run has acquired some very
generous financial sponsors. They are: Shell Oil, Ergon,
Scott Robbins Physical Therapy, International Paper, May &
Company, WaterView Casino, Curb Appeals Real Estate/Mary
Jane Wooten, Gumbo Pot, BancorpSouth, People’s Drug Store,
Ed Hampton Air & Heat LLC, Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt
Insurance Agency, Servpro of Vicksburg & Yazoo, and Big
River Shipbuilders. For more information, please call the
SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
sponsorship application form
Entry Form Trifold
Register Online at
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Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. in the academy
building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause
Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the “Cha
Cha.” Individuals and couples are welcome.
The fee is $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
Mississippi Blues Trail
Marker Dedication for Historian and Vicksburg native Dr.
William R. Ferris,
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Southwest corner of
Washington & Grove Streets, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Following the dedication, there will be a reception at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
Auditorium, noon -1 p.m.
“Southern Exposure,” An All-Day
Summer Camp. The camp will be held during eight
weeks of the summer, starting on June 3-7, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
is open to kids ages 4-13. Early drop-off starts at 7:30
a.m. and pick-up is available through 5:15 p.m. The
registration fee is $100 per child for each week, $90 per
child special rate when you sign up for multiple weeks or
for multiple children. This fee includes a $25
non-refundable fee. The fee includes all supplies and a
daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own 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. Experienced and accredited
educator Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects
of the camp. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Please make reservations two weeks prior to each week
Click here to download application form.
For more information or to register, call the
Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at
By popular demand: To kick off our
25th-Anniversary year, the Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation is extremely proud to present Classics in
the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour.” SCHF and
our community always look forward to our original Classics
in the Courtyard concert series in the fall. Now you can
enjoy our courtyard concerts in the summer, too! This series
will include a concert, food, and drinks one Thursday night
each month for the months of June, July, August and
September. The concerts will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
on those Thursdays. There is no cover charge! Food and drink
will be available for purchase. The line-up is as follows:
Thursday, June 6th – Patrick Smith Band; food provided by
Mississippi BBQ Company
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Thursday, July 11th – Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers;
food provided by 3-Way BBQ
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Thursday, August 1 – Topher Brown Band; food provided by
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Thursday, September 5 – TBD
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For more information, please call the SCHF office at
601-631-2997 or email
The annual Vicksburg
Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids,
June 10-14, 2019 from 8 a.m.-noon for ages 6-12. The
registration fee is $60 per child, and includes all
supplies, materials, and a daily snack. During this unique
camp, children discover the art, dance, music and cuisine of
three different cultures. By studying cultural differences
and similarities through the arts, students will learn new
artistic techniques while developing an appreciation for the
traditions and customs of others. Experienced educators plan
and oversee all aspects of the camp. The camp
will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the
last day in the SCHF Auditorium. Space is limited to 60
students and reservations are required. For more information
or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997
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Fort St. Pierre
Series, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m., presented
by Max Garriott in the SCHC Convent. The event is free and
open to the public. For more information, please call
Southern Book Club,
June 19, 2019 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
“Making Memories to Last a Lifetime,”
June 24-28, 2019 (Facebook event page)
and July 22-26, 2019 (Facebook event page) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., presented by Lana
Hand for ages 4-9. The camp will include crafts, dress-up,
dance, music, Pajama Day, Spa Day, Water Day, outdoor
activities and games. Snacks will be provided. The
registration fee is $140 per child, and an all-day option is
available for $180 per child for the week. Space is limited
and reservations are required. For more information or to
register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or
email@example.com. A second session will be held
July 22-26, 2019.
SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a
$17,400 grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a
portion of the $1.4 million in grants the Commission will
award in 2018-2019 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. These funds are vital
in supporting the River Kids free after school art program,
the huge variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits
and the many other events and programs that are instrumental
in growing the awareness of the arts to the Vicksburg
community and surrounding areas.
release. For information from the Mississippi Arts
Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director,
Going back in time with the Sisters of Mercy, February 20, 2009.
Guitar & Ukulele Lessons.
SCHF guitar instructor,
has some openings for guitar lessons.
If you are interested or would like more information, please
call 601-529-6505. (Inquire about
special discounts for SCHF Members.)
Violin Lessons. The SCHF is
now offering 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.
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
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.
Vicksburg/Warren Chamber of Commerce
Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vicksburg Main Street
Vicksburg Theatre Guild
and Gold in the Hills