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.
The 8th Annual Chocolate
Affair, Thursday, May 5th from 7-9 p.m. in the
historic SCH Auditorium. This elegant evening will include
scrumptious chocolate desserts, drinks, and awesome
entertainment by Hugh Mitchell. Hugh Mitchell is sponsored
by the generosity of Lady Luck Casino. The scrumptious
chocolate desserts are sponsored by Ameristar Casino &
Hotel, Bovina Café, Cedar Grove Mansion Restaurant, KJ’s
River Town Grille, Main Street Market, Roca/10 South, Rocky
Mountain Chocolate Factory, The Mad Baker, Walnut Hills, and
Wine House. Light hors d’oeuvres will also be available. The
beverages are sponsored by The Liquor Store. The auditorium
will be transformed into a room of elegance and charm by the
local talents of Tina’s Flowers & Gifts. Cedar Grove
Restaurant, Roca/10 South, Martin’s at Midtown, and Wine
House will grant 10% off your dinner purchase if you present
your Chocolate Affair ticket the night of the event. Space
is limited and an advanced ticket purchase is required. For
more information or to purchase tickets, please call the
SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
email@example.com. Tickets are $25 per person for
SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets are available
at the SCHF Business Office, Frederick’s Boutique, Paper
Plus, charge by phone at 601.631.2997, and online at
chocolate2016schf.eventbrite.com. A group purchase of
eight may reserve a table by calling 601.631.2997.
Facebook event page.
with Chef Tom Ramsey Wednesday, May 18, 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 Korean Barbeque. Ramsey will be serving Korean barbeque
which is a spicy and sweet, pork barbeque topped with
pickled vegetables, served on a lotus bun. 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
Southern Book Club
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club
meets the third Wednesday of each month. In May the
monthly book is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth
Ozeki. 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
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, May 29th 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. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
The Vicksburg Dance Studio
has moved to the SCHC!!! For more information or to view a schedule, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the
Vicksburg Dance Studio
The River Kids Free After
School Art Program, began on
January 28, 2016. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade,
the program accepted 60 students for the class on
Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. It exposes creativity
through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics,
sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and
accredited educators, Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot
plan and teach each class. The program is free, but requires
a full semester commitment from the parents.
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
Slam web page, 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