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.
We will be closed on July 4 to celebrate
Thank You to All Who Gave to the
Convent Wall Project!!!
SCHF is happy to update you on our progress with the Convent Wall
Project. The Convent building has been secured from further collapse. An
evaluation of the building has been completed by a structural engineer,
explaining the cause of the collapse. Plans are being drawn up to
rebuild the exterior wall and repair the interior damage.
We are extremely happy to report that our wall collapse will be covered
by insurance! We have a very large deductible that we are responsible
for; but thanks to our SCHF members, St. Francis Alumni, individuals and
organizations from the Vicksburg community, we have not only reached
that deductible but surpassed it! This will allow SCHF to make
additional repairs and renovations to this very special Mississippi
Thank You So Much!!!
28th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 8, 2016 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
Fall Semester Registration now
open for The River Kids Free After
School Art Program Fall Semester will begin on
August 25, 2016. 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. for the thirteen-week
program. 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
Lions Club International
Peace Poster Contest, July 11-15, 2016.
Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place: Haley Noble
2nd Place: Emmanuel Agyepong
3rd Place: Matt Turnage
Photos on Facebook
Posters were evaluated on the following three
criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the
theme. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75,
2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the
Vicksburg Art Association judged the works of art. For more information, please call
Facebook event page.
Ballroom Dance Lessons,
Sunday, July 24th 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
Mexican Street Food with
Tom Ramsey Monday, July 25, 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
tortillas and a few different, authentic tacos. 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
Facebook event page.
Five-Week Yoga for
Vibrant Wellness with yoga instructor Dil Bagh Singh Momi, Disciple Baba Ram Devji, and Shri Shri Ravi Shankarji,
Saturday, July 9th from 9-11 a.m., and the following four
Tuesdays, July 12, July 19, July 26th and August 2nd from
5:30-7:00 p.m. at the SCHC. Yoga will help you move and feel
better! Benefits of yoga include flexibility, strength,
breathing, positive mood, less stress, more calm, better
concentration, and better posture. The fee for all 5 weeks
is $60/SCHF members and $70/non-members. Space is limited
and reservations are required. All ages and levels are
welcome. No experience is required. Please wear stretchy
comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and a small pillow.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call
the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email
Facebook event page.
Presentation and booking
signing of Sweet as Sin: “The Unwrapped Story of How
Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” with
Susan Benjamin, Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 6
p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium. Readers with an interest in the
history of food and Americana will savor this cultural
history. There’s more to candy than its sugary taste. Candy
has a remarkable history, most of it sweet, some of it
bitter. Fun and informative, this book will make you
appreciate the candy you love even more by revealing the
fascinating backstory behind it. Admission is $5/adults and
$2/children (12 and under). For more information, please
call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997.
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 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
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 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