Boys Town (organization)
Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
|Location||Boys Town, Nebraska|
|Architect||Daly, Leo A., Construction|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Other|
|NRHP Reference #||85002439|
|Added to NRHP||February 4, 1985|
|Designated NHL||February 4, 1985|
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 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. The saying inspired a song and album by The Hollies.
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.
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.
In popular culture
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- Notable alumni of Boys Town include Navy Commander Lloyd Bucher, commander of the USS Pueblo, a spy ship captured by North Korea in 1968, and murderer Charles Manson, who spent four days there.
- The 1938 movie called Boys Town features actor Spencer Tracy portraying Flanagan. It also starred Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull and Gene Reynolds and its sequel, Men of Boys Town (1941) also featured Tracy and Rooney.
- In a sketch from the supporting Rocky and Bullwinkle segment, Mr. Know-It-All, Bullwinkle narrates on how to get rid of an unwanted guest (i.e. Spot the dog). One method is to open the door and "point in the general direction of Boys Town, indicating you wish him to leave."
- In the 1980 movie Caddyshack, Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) tells D'Annunzio, the caddy: "You're a funny kid, you know... Hey, what time we due back in Boys Town?"
- In the 1987 movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman takes Lenny Luthor (Lex Luthor's nephew) to Boys Town after he takes Lex back to prison.
- In the Simpsons Halloween Episode Treehouse of Horror VII the evil siamese twin of Bart is called by Dr. Hibbert "Too crazy for Boys Town. Too much of a boy for Crazy Town."
- Charles Manson also attended Boys Town, albeit for only 9 months till he ran away in order to look for his mother.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Father Flanagan's Boys' Home". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
- "The story behind "He ain't heavy..."". Boys Town. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- http://www.boystown.org/locations retrieved 13 April 2014
- 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.
- Boys Town official site
- Case studies of Boys Town, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
- William J Kozersky Stamp Company commercial site with pictures of Boys Town Christmas and Spring Seals by year.
- NEBRASKA: Boys Town Bonanza, TIME, Apr. 10, 1972
- Education: Rebuilding Boys Town, TIME, Aug. 05, 1974