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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!
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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.
28th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8am at
the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and
This 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.
Race results from the Mississippi Track Club:
High-quality prints may be ordered at
Facebook event page.
9th Annual “Classics in
the Courtyard,” Fridays October 14th through
November 4th from noon-1:00 p.m., will offer a variety of
entertainment through different genres of classic music.
Local entertainers and restaurants will provide the music
and lunch. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch
can be purchased for $10 per person. The musical
entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy
Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be
made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Friday, October 14 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals
performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch
provided by Gumbo Pot
Friday, October 21 – Americana, Celtic and Folk
performed by “Full Circle” with Nicholas & Julia Blake;
lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant
Friday, October 28 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and
Originals performed by Patrick Smith Band; lunch
provided by KJ’s River Town Grille
Friday, November 4 – Classic Pop and Country
performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; lunch provided by
This wonderful program is also supported in part by funding
from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in
part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal
agency, and the generous support of Southern Cultural
Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the
City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations. For more
information or to make reservations for lunch, please call
the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Southern Book Club
Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets
the third Wednesday of each month. In September the
monthly book is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. The lives
of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British
woman collide in this page-turning #1 New York Times
bestseller. 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
Vicksburg Chamber Choir
presents “Bluegrass Buffet” in the SCHF Courtyard
October 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. This fall concert will feature
local musicians Joanne Ryan and Nicholas Blake. Light
refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lawn
chairs. As always, Chamber Choir concerts are free, but
donations will be most welcome as the Chamber Choir is a
not-for-profit performing association. For more information,
please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or
“Kids in the Kitchen,”
Halloween Edition, with Margie Heltzel, Tuesday,
October 25th from 5-7:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 8 (this session
is full) and Thursday, October 27th from 5-7:30 p.m. for
ages 8 to 12. Registration for each session is $35 per
child, which includes all supplies as well as supper! To
make a reservation, please call the SCHF office at
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, October 30th 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 Waltz. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
Italian Night with
Tom Ramsey Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
in the SCH Academy Building. Join Chef Tom Ramsey as he
instructs and entertains everyone on how to make homemade
gnocchi and two Italian sauces. Registration
is $30/SCHF members and $35/non-members and includes all
supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required.
For more information, please contact the SCHF office at
601.631.2997 or email
Free Adult Contemporary
Technique Classes will given by Propulsion Dance Company
member Andrea Tower on Monday nights from 7:30 to 8:45 pm at
SCHF. For more information on these classes, please call the
SCHF office at 601.631.2997. For more information on
Propulsion Dance Company, visit
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $20,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant
is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission
will award in 2015-2016 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.
Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three
signature Vicksburg Races: Over
the River Run, October 8, 2016;
Chill in the Hills,
January 16, 2016;
Run Thru History, March 5, 2016. Be a member of the Vicksburg Slam
and qualify for cash prizes after participation in all THREE
races! Vicksburg Slam is made possible by partnerships of Grace
Christian Counseling Center, Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation and the YMCA. For more info, go to the
Vicksburg Slam Facebook page.
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 or email
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