David Wise

David Wise

1923 -


Interview Length: 49 minutes

Interview Date: March 16, 2010

Interview Location: Commonwealth Media Services, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA




Originally from Steelon, David moved to Harrisburg after he got married with a strong union effort background from working at Bethlehem Steel. He undertook numerous community causes and rezoning efforts, especially in his neighborhood, Summit Terrace. He became the president of the Summit Terrace Neighborhood Association and continued to work on improving his community by winning a federal grant to build 60 low-income, moderate townhouses in Summit Terrace. When Nixon became president, this grant was revoked, but by collaborating with Harrisburg's Habitat for Humanity Chapter, David made 25 new homes possible, going on to serve on Habitat's board. "Get yourself involved on these committees...you will be surprised at how influential you can be."