As a researcher and consultant to the Oral History Project at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Mr. Wise served as the primary interviewer during the recording of more than one hundred interviews between 1992 and 1997. His interview subjects included former Dallas mayor J. Erik Jonsson; community leaders John Stemmons, Stanley Marcus, and Joe M. Dealey; and Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.
In addition to this 1993 oral history, Mr. Wise recorded a follow-up interview on September 22, 2005. He also participated in three videotaped programs at the Museum, recorded between 1998 and 2008. - Stephen Fagin, Curator
Wes Wise as one of those who understood the importance of saving the Texas School Book Depository building. In the '60s and early '70s, many people in Dallas, embarassed and stung by unfair criticism of the city for the death of President Kennedy, wanted the building torn down. One investor wanted to build a parking lot at the site. Upon learning of that proposal, Wise encouraged the Dallas city council to freeze any demolition permit requests. That delaying tactic led to further discussions that ultimately helped prevent anyone from destroying the building. - Gary Mack, Curator