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29th Annual Over the River Run October 14, 2017
28th Annual 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!

  • April 2017 newsletter (1.8 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.

  • Massage CE Education Presents Foam Rolling and Abdominal Castor Oil Massage at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Friday, April 21, 2017. For registration and details go to or call 901-907-9353. Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers, and Yoga Instructors are invited to register!
    Myofascial Release Foam Rolling, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, April 21st; Presenter Dee Vickers, 4 CE Credits, $60
    Abdominal Massage with Castor Oil and Ginger, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, April 21st; Presenter Dee Vickers, 4 CE Credits, $60

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, April 23, 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 Waltz. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email

  • Brunch Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join Chef William Furlong for a Brunch Workshop! He will demonstrate recipes for you to sample from his favorite brunch recipes. Enjoy Mega Muffins, Breakfast Bread Pudding, and Brunch Beverages during the workshop. 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 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Decorative Bottle Workshop with Sandra Brown, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will design a decorative wine bottle lamp with various colored glass marbles. You can top it off with or without a flower arrangement, and you will leave the class with a finished bottle lamp of your own. The fee for the class is $30/SCHF members and $35/non-members. Reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email Press release. Facebook event page.

  • The 9h Annual Chocolate Affair, Thursday, May 4th from 7-9 p.m. in the historic SCH Auditorium. This elegant evening will include scrumptious chocolate desserts, drinks, and awesome entertainment. This elegant evening will include scrumptious chocolate desserts, drinks, and awesome entertainment by Ralph Miller & Maria Signa. Space is limited and an advanced ticket purchase is required. 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 A group purchase of eight may reserve a table by calling 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page. More.

  • “Sip, Dip n’ Dab,” two classes with Margaret Thames, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m. and Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Let's sip and paint a fun, cheerful door hanger just in time for the beautiful weather to hit our door steps! “April Showers bring May Flowers” is the first edition in the series: “sip, dip n' dab.” A delicious beverage will be provided as you paint your masterpiece, but you are welcome to bring your beverage of choice as well. This is an artist-led class that welcomes all ages and abilities! Classes will include all supplies, just bring yourself! The fee for each class is $50/SCHF members and $55/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email Press release.

  • SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). Press release. More.

  • Vicksburg Slam, 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 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 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 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. (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 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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