Get Involved at Mercy Heritage Center

Career Opportunity

We are currently seeking a processing archivist to be located at Mercy Heritage Center in Belmont, North Carolina. This part-time temporary will work directly with the Mercy Archives Collections Manager in organizing, inventorying, and cataloging the archival records and artifacts of a regional community collection of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. This position will be no more than 30 hours per week, for a term of no more than 8 months. Job Description / Deadline: May 15, 2021.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Kathryn Oosterhuis, Director, Mercy Archives.


Internships and Practicums

Mercy Heritage Center invites interested undergraduate, graduate-level students or recent graduates to submit applications for our voluntary and select paid year-round internships and practicums.  Applicants should be enrolled in a related program, including but not limited to: library, archival or information sciences, public history, history, or museum studies. Our program can incorporate any appropriate curriculum experience, providing academic credit for related experience.

Applicants have the opportunity to learn beyond the traditional academic environment and gain real-world valuable experience that will advance career opportunities.  Projects will vary by semester, based on current initiatives and student interest.

Applicants are expected to commit to at least 120 hours over several consecutive weeks, either at Mercy Heritage Center, located in Belmont, North Carolina; or at one of our other Community Archives locations across the country, as available.

Applicants are requested to submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with their application.  Deadlines will vary according to the specific experience.  We accept applications throughout the calendar year; so if you have missed a specific deadline, we will continue to consider your application for future opportunities, based on your interests and availability.

Currently, we have opportunities available at:

Mercy Heritage Center (Belmont, North Carolina)

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Oosterhuis, Archivist/Director of Mercy Heritage Center


Volunteer Opportunities

As the central archives for the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Heritage Center preserves and relates the story of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  Volunteers are an invaluable part of that process. They help progress projects, support the vision, and add to the overall vibrancy and energy of the archives.

Volunteering at Mercy Heritage Center provides an opportunity to meet new people, make an impact on the legacy of Mercy, gain confidence and learn new skills.

Volunteer projects include: transcription of interviews and oral histories, letters and diaries; organizing, processing, and storing archival records; rehousing and labeling of photographs; cleaning and rehousing film and audio; scanning; data entry. 

Volunteers should have an interest in American religious history, women’s history, or archival/ library/information science, and should be able to spend at least four hours a week on assigned tasks at Mercy Heritage Center in Belmont, North Carolina.

For a more detailed description, please see the Mercy Heritage Center Volunteer position description.

To apply, please email your interest and a volunteer application to:

Kathryn Oosterhuis, Archivist/Director of Mercy Heritage Center