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!
October 2015 printable
(1.2 MB Adobe Reader file)
SCHF Event Calendar
Facebook Events Page (must sign into Facebook to view)
27th Annual Over the
River Run, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8am at
the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and
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.
Individual Entry Form
Corporate-Team Entry Letter
Corporate-Team Run Entry Form
Corporate-Team Walk Entry
Facebook event page.
Vicksburg Chamber Choir
Courtyard Concert, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11.
Selections will feature the choral group accompanied by a
talented group of instrumentalists, vocal solos and
instrumental solos. Come out early and enjoy refreshments
beginning at 2 p.m., and don’t forget to bring lawn chairs
or blankets. As always, Chamber Choir concerts are free, but
donations will be most welcome as the Chamber Choir is a
not-for-profit performing association. For more information,
please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or
Facebook event page.
Baguette Bread Making
Workshop, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 5:30-7:30
p.m., Lisa and John Martin will present a baguette bread
making class. You will learn how to make a Classic French
Bread in this hands-on class. Registration is
$30/SCHF members, $35/non-members (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.
8th Annual “Classics in
the Courtyard,” Fridays October 16th through
November 6th 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 $10 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 16 – Classic Jazz, Blues and Country
performed by Osgood & Blaque; lunch provided by
T’Beaux’s Blues Le Roux
Friday, October 23 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals
performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch
provided by Goldie’s Express
Friday, October 30 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and
Originals performed by Patrick Smith Band; lunch
provided by Palmertree Catering
Friday, November 6 – Classic Pop and Country performed by
Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; lunch provided by Martin’s
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
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, October 18th 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 Night
Club Two Step. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10
per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997
The Southern Book Club,
Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00p.m. The Southern Book Club meets
the third Wednesday of each month. In October the monthly
book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot
Diaz. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto
nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old
world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the
Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But
Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse
that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following
them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. 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
Interesting Produce Workshop, Wednesday, October 27,
2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lisa and John Martin will be
teaching some innovative cooking techniques using some fall
produce. Registration is $30/SCHF members, $35/non-members
(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.
“More Than a Painting”
Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes!
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 from 9 a.m.-noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday,
October 29th, 2015 from 5:30-8:30p.m. (Facebook event page). Each class will be
painting “The Song of Marin” in the style of Selden Gile. Registration for each class is $40/SCHF members and
$45/Non-members. For reservations or more information,
please contact the SCHF office at 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
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 $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 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
SCH Auditorium Exterior
Project & Stabilization project: $4,875 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 $33,125 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.
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