B.A. in Historic Preservation, Mary Washington College
Katherine Saunders is the Associate Director of Preservation at Historic Charleston Foundation where she has worked since 1996. Her primary job responsibilities include preservation advocacy, planning, and historical research. A native of Virginia, Ms. Saunders earned her undergraduate degree in Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. She worked as an archaeologist at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest before moving to Charleston in 1992. Prior to her employment by HCF she worked for SC State Parks and The Charleston Museum. She attended the Attingham Summer School for the study of the English Country House in 1999 and more recently has taken graduate courses in History at the College of Charleston and the Citadel.
Her principle research interest for the last several years has been the fortifications of colonial Charles Town, the results of which were published in 2002 as a chapter within the archaeology volume Another’s Country, edited by JW Joseph and Martha Zierden. In 2005, she was appointed by Charleston mayor Joseph Riley as co-chair of the Mayor’s Walled City Task Force. Since 2005, Ms. Saunders has taught HP611 Research Methods in the graduate program. The course focuses on property research.