Boys Town (organization)

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Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Boys Town NFS.JPG
Boys Town (organization) is located in Nebraska
Boys Town (organization)
Location Boys Town, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°15′52″N 96°7′58″W / 41.26444°N 96.13278°W / 41.26444; -96.13278Coordinates: 41°15′52″N 96°7′58″W / 41.26444°N 96.13278°W / 41.26444; -96.13278
Built 1917
Architect Daly, Leo A., Construction
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85002439
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 4, 1985[1]
Designated NHL February 4, 1985[2]

Boys Town, formerly Girls and Boys Town and Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for its children and families, with national headquarters in the village of Boys Town, Nebraska. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as designated a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1985.

The original Boys Town was founded as a boys' orphanage in December 1917 by Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest working in Omaha. The "City of Little Men" pioneered[3] development of new juvenile care methods in 20th century America, emphasizing social preparation as a model for public boys' homes worldwide.

In 1943 Boys Town adoped as its image and logo a picture of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, captioned "He ain't heavy, mister - he's my brother." They felt it epitomized the importance of their residents caring for each other and having someone care about them.[4] The saying inspired a song and album by The Hollies.

National locations[edit]

Boys Town has grown and now provides care to children and families across the country. It is located in 12 regions across the country: California, Nevada, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, North Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, Washington, D.C., New York and New England.[5]

Facilities include the Hall of History dedicated to the history of Boys Town, the restored home of Father Flanagan, the Dowd Memorial Chapel and the Chambers Protestant Chapel, and the Leon Myers Stamp Center. The latter provides historical stamp collecting exhibits and sells donated stamps to provide support for Boys Town programs.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Father Flanagan's Boys' Home". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  3. ^ http://www.nebraskalife.com/BoysTownSportsLegacy.asp
  4. ^ "The story behind "He ain't heavy..."". Boys Town. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.boystown.org/locations retrieved 13 April 2014
  6. ^ Bugliosi, Vincent with Curt Gentry. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. W. W. Norton & Company, 2001, ISBN 978-0-393-32223-1, p. 192.

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