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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.
Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
|Location||Boys Town, Nebraska|
|Area||1,310 acres (5.3 km2)|
|Architect||Leo A. Daly Construction|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, other|
|NRHP reference #||85002439|
|Added to NRHP||February 4, 1985|
|Designated NHLD||February 4, 1985|
The national headquarters of Boys Town is in the village of Boys Town, Nebraska. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1985.
Boys Town was founded on December 12, 1917, as an orphanage for boys, then called the "City of Little Men". It was founded by Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest working in Omaha, Nebraska at that time. The City of Little Men pioneered and developed new juvenile care methods in twentieth-century America, emphasizing social preparation as a model for public boys' homes worldwide."
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. It has a summer camp on West Lake Okoboji, located near West Okoboji, Iowa.
Changing the way America cares for children and families.
In 1943, Boys Town adopted as its image and logo a picture of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, captioned "He ain't heavy, Father, 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 over the years, providing care to children and families across the country. There are 9 sites across the United States, in Central Florida, North Florida, South Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, Iowa, New England, Nevada, and Washington, D.C.
In 2015, a former supervisor at Boys Town was convicted of having sex with a minor. The offender was sentenced to five years’ probation, subject to various terms and conditions, and the conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court of Nebraska.