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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! 20 years ago, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation was formed to preserve these historic buildings and to direct their transformation into a cultural center. 20 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.
Help us celebrate with some awesome activities this fall! Save the Dates for:
The Gospel Truth... Sunday Brunch with The Patrick Smith Band…Celebrating 20 years at SCHF. Come join us for this New Orleans style Gospel Brunch in the SCH Auditorium on Sunday, October 12th at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available in advance only at the SCHF office or by calling 601.631.2997. Tickets are $20/person (children age 6 and under eat free). Your ticket will include Brunch by STORYCOOK Favorites and entertainment by The Patrick Smith Band. Following the brunch, free tours of all SCH buildings will be offered from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Included will be a 20th Anniversary Exhibit of highlights from the last 20 years. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release.
SCHF Annual Meeting with speaker, Bill Ferris.
November 13, 2014
Movie Night, showing O Brother, Where Art Thou?, on the very stage on which it was filmed! November 22, 2014

  • September 2014 printable newsletter (625 KB Adobe Reader file)

  • SCHF Event Calendar

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

  • SCHF Receives 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.

  • Social Media Workshop with Mary Beth Lasseter, Tuesday, September 16th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The class will begin by offering an overview of each type of social media. By the end of the session, users will know all about tweeting, posting, sharing, and blogging! An email address is required for this class. If attendees do not already have an email address, they may set up a free email account with Gmail. Registrants are also encouraged to bring personal laptops, smartphones, or tablets to follow along with instruction. Registration is $20/SCHF members and $25/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The Southern Book Club, Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00p.m. This month: The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M.L. Stedman. 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

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, 21st from 5-6 pm in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the Night Club Two Step. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997.

  • Tailgating Cooking Workshop, Monday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Join William Furlong as he demonstrates clever tailgating ideas and recipes. You will enjoy your own "Tailgate" during the class as you take part in creating these special recipes. Be sure to bring a friend and your school spirit and enjoy this fun-filled class. A prize will be given to the individual with the best team spirit. Registration is $30/members and $35/non-members. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 631-2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • 26th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8am at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street. Registration is now open.
    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. 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, and inflatable surprises for kids will be on hand. The entry fees are $25 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (10 & under), $55 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5), and $75 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members). A $5 late charge will apply to entries that are postmarked after October 1st. The first 500 registered participants will receive an official Over the River Run T-shirt in a special goodie bag filled with specialty items from local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the event. Online Registration Form. Printable Registration Form Press release.

  • 7th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays October 17th through November 7th from noon-1:00pm, 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 $9 per person. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5pm on the Thursday before the event.
    Friday, October 17 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa and Jim Robinson; lunch provided by Martin’s at Midtown
    Friday, October 24 – Classic Rock and Pop Favorites performed by Ralph Miller; lunch provided by T’Beaux’s Blues Le Roux
    Friday, October 31 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith; lunch provided by Palmertree Catering
    Friday, November 7 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch provided by Goldie’s Express
    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 Press release.

  • River Kids Free After School Art Program Fall Semester began on August 28, 2014. 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, 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.

  • The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents the 7th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the historic SCH Auditorium from from 9:00am-3:00pm. Admission to the show is $1. Holly Days will feature an assortment of vendors showcasing their products plus local talent will entertain the attendees. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • SCH Auditorium Exterior Project & Stabilization project: $6,905 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 $31,094 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.

  • The SCHF has been awarded a $18,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). The funds 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. We are so very grateful for the support of MAC!!!

  • 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 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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