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.
February 20, 2017
2nd Annual Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition.
Registration is open now! The deadline to register is March
17, 2017. Entry fees are $20 for individuals and $50 for
groups (3 or more). To register, download the forms below or
call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997.
Preliminary Competition: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6
SCHF Talent Competition FINALE: Saturday, April 1,
2017 at 6 p.m.
The finalists will compete for the Overall Cash Grand Prize
The Lebanese in America:
An Exhibition Exploring 150 Years of History,
February 10 - March 3, 2017, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. -
noon and 1-5 p.m.
Opening Reception, Friday, February 17th from
5-7 p.m. at the SCHC in the Academy building.
Facebook event page.
Community Oral History Workshop and Film,
Saturday, February 18th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the SCHC.
Facebook event page.
This exhibit is sponsored by Mississippi Humanities Council;
NC State, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora
Studies; Center For The Study Of Southern Culture,
University of Mississippi; and Southern Cultural Heritage
Foundation. For more information, please call the SCHF
office at 601.631.2997 or go to
Facebook event page.
“Legends & Legacies”
Genealogy Workshop with Michael Logue, Tuesdays,
February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join
Michael Logue as you capture your family history and roots.
Michael will research your ancestral lines and instruct you
on the importance of preserving your ancestral heritage
socially, emotionally, and historically. He will also help
you work thru particularly tough family historical mysteries
and gaps in lineages. Students will be mentored in online
resources such as Ancestry.com. Registration is $90/SCHF
members and $100/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
Facebook event page.
Kids Mardi Gras Mask
Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Friday, February 24,
2017 from 3:45-5 p.m. Join us to create a fun and colorful
mask before enjoying the parade the next day in downtown
Vicksburg. The workshop is a great way for kids to celebrate
the Mardi Gras holiday in a fun and creative way.
Registration is $10/per child (ages 6 and up). Space is
limited. For reservations or more information, please call
the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, February 26, 2017 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 Foxtrot. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Saturday, February
25, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation
for Historic Preservation (VFHP). Admission: $10 per adult
(includes gumbo bowl and 1 beverage), $5 per child (includes
all children's activities). All proceeds benefit Vicksburg
Foundation for Historic Preservation. The VFHP is accepting
teams for the gumbo cook-off now. The entry fee for the cook-off is $50
prior to February 10, $75 after February 10, and includes
entry for four team
members. Additional Team members are $5. For questions or more information, please visit
www.facebook.com/vicksburg.mardi.gras or contact Nancy
Bell at 601.636.5010 or
William’s Lundi Gras
Celebration & Workshop, Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Join William Furlong on Lundi Gras to create some
signature dishes from New Orleans. William will share some
of his favorite recipes for po-boys, jambalaya, and crawfish
etouffee. A signature batch of hurricanes will be mixed up
for the class to wash down the carnival fare. The class will
get to sample king cake from the chef's favorite bakery in
south Louisiana while learning the history. Registration is $30/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
The River Kids Free After-School
Art Program Spring Semester began on January
26, 2017. 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 p.m.
through April 20, 2017. 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.
Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern
Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,400
grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission
Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three
signature Vicksburg Races: 9th Annual
Chill in the Hills,
January 14, 2017; 38th Annual
Run Thru History, March
4, 2017; 29th-Annual Over the
River Run, October 14, 2017. 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. (Inquire about
special discounts for SCHF Members.)
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