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Class Information for Winter 2020: HISTORY OF BOYS TOWN and FATHER FLANAGAN, Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-5:00pm, RH Johnson Lecture Hall; (W728)


You will learn the history and role Father Flanagan played in founding and leading Boys Town and the stories of two brothers who “grew up” as residents of Boys Town as they share their personal experience and insights. Born in Ireland, Father Edward J. Flanagan arrived in the United States in 1904 and became a social reformer and a true visionary for changing how America cared for its children and families. He passionately spoke out and took action on social issues that few dared to address, especially racial and religious equality. In 1917, after years of working with Omaha’s homeless men, he opened Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, which later became Boys Town, and championed the causes of children across the country. Today, at 100 years strong, Boys Town still follows many of the same principles and practices that originated with Father Flanagan’s vision. Instructors: Thomas Lynch, Boys Town Historian and Director of Community Programs, and Don and Phil Dauterive who grew up in Boys Town. Don retired from the newspaper publishing industry and is a SCW resident. Phil is former elementary school teacher and currently chairs the Boys Town Alumni Association; Phil and Don both work for the RCSCW.

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