Patricia Ploehn

Historic Preservation Specialist


M.S. in Historic Preservation, Clemson University & College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2022
B.A. double major in Historic Preservation & Community Planning and Art History, with a minor in Southern Studies, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2019

Patricia’s responsibilities at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center include the examination, documentation, and treatment of collections managed by WLCC, including conservation objects and outdoor historic cultural heritage. Patricia participates in the creation and implementation of chemical and mechanical treatments for WLCC collections. She also produces, organizes, and maintains object treatment reports, as well as writing grants and technical publications for the conservation center. Her master’s thesis, titled Habitats and Heritage: An Analysis of the Natural and Cultural Resource Management of the South Carolina Lowcountry, performed a comparative analysis of public and private organizations’ management of Lowcountry landscapes for the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage. 

Research Interests:
Conservation of maritime metal artifacts through electrolysis, documentation of cultural landscapes, historic architecture, and objects/artifacts using methods including 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, ground-penetrating radar, and paint analysis, National Park Service HABS/HALS/HAER heritage documentation, development of NPS historic property/landmark nominations, DSLR documentary photography. 

Conference Presentations:
Ploehn, P. The Cultural Landscape of the Stono Rebellion through the Lens of Caw Caw. 7th National Slave Dwelling Project Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. 8-10 September 2022.

Ploehn, P., and Walker, N. On the Loyalty of Slaves: Black History, White Supremacy, and Public Monuments in South Carolina. Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, Columbia, South Carolina. 18-21 October 2018.