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 past activities
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!
The Gospel Truth... Sunday Brunch with The Patrick
Smith Band…Celebrating 20 years at SCHF, Sunday, October
12th, 2014. More.
SCHF Annual Meeting with speaker,
Bill Ferris, Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Movie Night, showing O Brother,
Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was
filmed! Saturday, November 22, 2014.
A 20th Anniversary Exhibit of photographs and historical
February 2015 printable
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SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
The 4th Annual Carnaval
de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off was Saturday, February
7, 2015, from 5-9 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation
for Historic Preservation (VFHP). Congratulations to all the
winners!!! Seafood Category: 1st Place: Roux Dawgs, 2nd
Place: May & Company, 3rd Place: Riverwalk Casino;
Non-Seafood Category: 1st Place: Nobie's, 2nd Place: Redwood
Rednecks, 3rd Place: J Daddy Parm's Gumbone Hedz; The
People's Choice Award: The Creek Krewe; Best Booth Display:
Nobie's; For more information about the event or about the
Gumbo cook-off, please visit
Song of My Life, A
Biography of Margaret Walker, lecture and book
signing with Dr. Carolyn J. Brown, Tuesday, March 3rd at 6
pm in the SCH Convent Chapel. Author Margaret Walker
(1915–1998) was an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist,
educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many
of our most prominent twentieth-century African American
writers. Song of My Life (University Press of
Mississippi) intends to reintroduce Margaret Walker to
readers by telling her life story—a story that many can
relate to as she overcame familiar obstacles related to
race, gender, and poverty. This event is free and open to
the public. Lorelei Books will be on site for book
purchases. For more information, please call the SCHF
business office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Brunch in March
Workshop, Monday, March 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
William Furlong will lead this workshop and teach you
delicious brunch recipes, like Spinach & Bacon Quiche, Hash
Brown Casserole, and Salmon Bites. You will also get to
sample William’s recipes. 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
Facebook event page.
The Southern Book Club,
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00p.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
Registration now open for The River Kids Free After-School
The River Kids Free After-School Art Program Spring
Semester started on January 29, 2015. Open to any child
in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60
students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm
through April 23, 2015. It will expose creativity through
drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and
many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited
educators Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot Mattei plan and
teach each class. The program is free, but will require a
full semester commitment from the parents. It will be filled
on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the
SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three
signature Vicksburg Races: Over the River Run-October 11,
2014; The Chill in the Hills, January 17, 2015; the Run thru
History, March 7, 2015. Be a member of the Vicksburg Slam
and qualify for cash prizes after participation in all THREE
races! The deadline to register is February 28, 2015.
Vicksburg Slam is made possible by partnerships of Grace
Christian Counseling Center, Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation and the YMCA. For more info, go to
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $18,000
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant
is a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the Commission
will award in 2014-2015 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
performances, workshops, exhibits, and the many other events
and programs that are so important in growing awareness of
the arts to the community and surrounding areas.
SCH Auditorium Exterior
Project & Stabilization project: $6,390 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 $31,610 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
Hobbs Freeman Arts and Nature Celebration and Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2012
What a day!! Don't know where
to even start!! Attendees, speakers, bands, performers,
volunteers... What a fabulous festival!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!
The Hobbs Freeman arts and nature Festival was a HUGE
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.
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