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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!

  • October 2016 newsletter (1.7 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.

  • 28th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8am at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street. 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 Form  Register online
    Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, October 9th & 26th 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 info@southernculture.org.

  • “More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes! Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 9 a.m.-noon and Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nancy Mitchell has been teaching art for 34 years. As an educator and artist, she practices a variety of media including basic drawing, batik workshops and charcoal. Each class will be painting “The Poppies” in the style of Pierre Bonnard. 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 info@southernculture.org. Press release.

  • 9th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays October 14th through November 4th from noon-1:00 p.m., 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 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
    Friday, October 14 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; lunch provided by Gumbo Pot
    Friday, October 21 – Americana, Celtic and Folk performed by “Full Circle” with Nicholas & Julia Blake; lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant
    Friday, October 28 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith Band; lunch provided by KJ’s River Town Grille
    Friday, November 4 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; 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 info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

  • Southern Book Club Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In September the monthly book is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 New York Times bestseller. 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 info@southernculture.org.

  • Vicksburg Chamber Choir presents “Bluegrass Buffet” in the SCHF Courtyard October 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. This fall concert will feature local musicians Joanne Ryan and Nicholas Blake. Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lawn chairs. 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 email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

  • “Kids in the Kitchen,” Halloween Edition, with Margie Heltzel, Tuesday, October 25th from 5-7:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 8 (this session is full) and Thursday, October 27th from 5-7:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. Registration for each session is $35 per child, which includes all supplies as well as supper! To make a reservation, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997.

  • Italian Night with Tom Ramsey Tuesday, November 15, 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 homemade gnocchi and two Italian sauces. 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 info@southernculture.org.

  • SCHF Receives 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. Press release.

  • Vicksburg Slam, 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 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 or email mccomasmusic@hotmail.com.

  • 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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