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27th Annual Over the River Run October 10, 2015
28th Over the River Run October 8, 2016


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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.
In the fall of 2014, we celebrated with some awesome activities!

  • November 2015 printable newsletter (1.1 MB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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

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

  • SCHF would like to thank all of the musicians, caterers, and YOU for coming out to enjoy the concerts! We had a great “Classics in the Courtyard” Concert series this year. And we look forward to 2016!

  • 8th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the historic SCH Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission to the show is $1. Holly Days will feature an assortment of vendors showcasing their products 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 live entertainment will include Riverpointe Dance Students (9-9:45 a.m.), Jeanne Evans Music Students (10-10:45 a.m.), Mississippi Girl’s Choir (11-11:45 a.m.), Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance (12-12:45 p.m.), Judy Buys Music Students (1-1:45 p.m.), and Church of the Holy Trinity, Conservatory of the Fine Arts Student Orchestra (2-2:45 p.m.). Goldie's Express will also be on site to sell delicious barbeque lunches. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • “A Christmas to Remember” performed by the Vicksburg Orchestral Society and the Mississippi Girlchoir, Sunday, December 13, 2015. Seating will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and the performance will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations are required. Tables may be reserved for groups of two, four, or eight. A prize will be given for the “Best Decorated Table”. Tables will be available for decorating at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 13th. Reservations must be made by December 9th. To make a reservation or reserve a table, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997, or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The Southern Book Club, Wednesday, December 16 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

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester began on August 20, 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. 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 Press release. Facebook event page.

  • SCHF Receives 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. Press release.

  • Vicksburg Slam, 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! Vicksburg Slam is made possible by partnerships of Grace Christian Counseling Center, Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and the YMCA. For more info, go to or

  • 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 Historic Auditorium
    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 deductible.

  • Hobbs Freeman Arts and Nature Celebration and Festival was 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 success!!

  • 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 deductible.
    We so appreciate your support!!!!!!

  • More activities...

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

  • Guitar & Ukulele Lessons. Richard McComas, 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 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



Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation: A Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center consists of five historic buildings ranging from 1830-1955. It formerly served as the St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy and is currently the place to be for cultural programming including art workshops, ballroom dances lessons, concerts, lectures, cooking workshops, exhibits, free after school art programs, photography workshops and the list goes on and on.


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Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

(601) 631 - 2997, Phone
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