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.
30th Annual Over the River Run
Sponsorship Opportunities: the Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation is still seeking sponsorships for the 30th Annual Over the
River Run, Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Sponsor Application Form. Thanks to the
generous sponsors who have already shown their support!
Over the River Run (2018), Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8 a.m. at
the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and
The unique run follows a scenic course heading west across
the Mississippi River to Delta, Louisiana and then returns
back to the finish line. The event includes a 5-mile run,
5-mile walk, and a one-mile fun run for kids. Complimentary
entertainment, fun and refreshments for all runners, walkers
and volunteers will follow the race in the Ameristar Delta
Point parking lot. Musical entertainment will be provided by
the party band, Slaphappy. Registration is open now.
For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or
Run-Walk Individual Application Form.
Facebook event page.
Vendor Applications are
still being accepted for 11th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts
There are still a few slots open!
Download vendor application form.
SCHF presents the 10th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts
Show on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Exhibit space is limited and applications must
be submitted by August 31, 2018. Vendors will be notified by
September 25th with an acceptance letter. Exhibit space is $50/SCHF
members and $60/non-members. For more information or an
application, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997.
Vendor press release.
Facebook event page.
Southern Book Club,
September 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets
the third Wednesday of each month. In September, the
monthly book is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan
and her family align their lives around the seasons and the
farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and
routine, life goes on as it has for generations--until a
stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first
automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. The
stranger's arrival marks the first entrance of the modern
world in the lives of the Akha people. 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
Lions Club International
Peace Poster Contest, September 24-28, 2018.
is open to kids ages 11-13. Admission is free and
participants are required to meet September 24-28 from 3:45-
5:15 p.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Students will
be guided by art instructor Karen Biedenharn to complete
their posters. Three winners will be chosen by judges for
cash prizes. Posters are evaluated on the following three
criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the
theme. All work must be original and completed only by the
student participant. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75,
2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the
Vicksburg Art Association will judge the works of art and
winners will be announced. For more information, please call
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, September 23, 2018 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
"Rumba." Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
River Kids Free After
School Art Program. The program is full for the
fall, but a waiting list is being maintained. The fall Semester began August 30,
2018. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the
program accepts 60 students for the class on Thursdays from
3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program. The program
is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the
parents. To register, call the SCHF business office at (601)
631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
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,
SCH Auditorium Exterior
Project & Stabilization project: $4,775 STILL NEEDED!
This project is made possible by a grant from the
Mississippi Department of Archives & History of $150,000
with required matching funds of $38,000.
We have raised $33,225 toward the $38,000 needed for the
matching funds. Because we have yet to raise the remaining
funds, we are forced to use our general fund.
We are STILL accepting contributions toward this project.
REMEMBER: contributions of $50/or more will be listed on a
plaque that will be permanently located in the foyer of the
Check out photos of the progress...
Checks need to made out to the SCHF (write MDAH grant in the memo of your check)
and send to 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Your donation is tax
The SCHF needs your help!!!
As with old buildings/structures, there is always something that needs
repairing. That being said, the SCHF is in desperate need of your help!!!
Because of the age of the water pipes underground of the cultural center, there
have been several leaks discovered. The repair cost is estimated at $13,000.
This was a very much unexpected problem.
If you would like to assist financially with this issue, checks need to made
payable to the SCHF (write “Water Leak” in the memo of your check) and send to
1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Your donation is fully tax
We so appreciate your support!!!!!!
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