January 12, 2021
Speaker: Lisa Speranza
Lisa Speranza, Director of Development for The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. She has been visiting Allegheny Cemetery her entire life. Her family has been part of the grounds since the 1940s. In 2014, she joined Allegheny Cemetery as a volunteer historian. Along with Nancy Foley, she co-authored Images of America: Allegheny Cemetery in 2016. In 2017, she expanded her volunteer work to include The Homewood Cemetery. Touched by the many wonderful stories there were to share within those grounds, she authored Images of America: The Homewood Cemetery, which was published in December 2019. During both of these efforts, she was fortunate to work with many wonderful individuals from the cemeteries’ Board of Directors, local historical organizations, and kind individuals from the local community who understood the importance of sharing those tales.
Early in 2020, Ms. Speranza was selected as the Director of Development for both cemeteries. In this role, she feels it is her honor to continue to tell the stories of those who came before, while preserving their legacies for future generations. The Allegheny and Homewood Cemeteries offer many wonderful resources, and they are continually evolving to incorporate new community outreach programs. Lisa looks forward to sharing them with you, as both cemeteries continue to build upon their foundations, started centuries ago.