Get Involved at Mercy Heritage Center

Sister Service Project

Since the opening of Mercy Heritage Center in 2011, the focus has been to receive collection donations from the 25 former Regional Communities and provide research and reference services around those collections. With the creation and approval of the 2017-2023 Mercy Heritage Center Strategic Plan, additional initiatives are being undertaken, including an oral history program, a broader donation policy, library collection development, artifacts and heritage management, and outreach and education, to name just a few.

The Sister Service Program is designed for sisters and is intended to:

  •   Encourage greater participation and collaboration by members of the Community in the Archives
  •   Foster direct, active participation in the preservation and relation of the story of Mercy
  •   Increase awareness of activities surrounding archives, related collections, and professional standards. 

The product of this service project will be the completion (or near-completion) of a determined project, a short report and staff briefing describing the project and program experience in general.

For further information on this opportunity, see the Sister Service Project description

Please send your interest and questions to 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

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)

South Central Community Archives (Belmont, North Carolina)

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Oosterhuis, Archivist/Director of Mercy Heritage Center