In 1938, Marie Dowd of New York contacted Father Flanagan and offered to donate funds for a new dormitory. New dormitories had just been completed and Father Flanagan suggested, instead, the building of a Catholic chapel. Miss Dowd agreed and donated $250,000 for the building of the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Boys Town. The chapel followed the same gothic design of churches in Ireland. It was dedicated in 1941. Father Flanagan described the chapel as “a prayer in stone.” | Boystown.org
Volunteers have always been an essential component of Boys Town and have contributed to our success. These volunteers have included various Catholic religious orders and hundreds of Omaha citizens who believe in Father Flanagan’s mission. The volunteers have cooked for the boys, sewed clothing and taught in the school. Today, Boys Town has hundreds of volunteers, some serving as reading and math mentors. | Boystown.org
Pinner wrote: Little Bride & Groom "Tom Thumb wedding portrait, with bride holding bouquet with gladiolus and large striped ribbon, posed in Charles “Teenie" Harris Studio c. The little girl reminds me of my mom as a kid.
This 1908 photograph shows the Flanagan family in Omaha, Nebraska. Front row left to right, Edward, John, Michael, Honora, and Father Patrick. Back row left to right, Delia, Theresa, James, Nellie, and Susan. | BoysTown.org
Father Flanagan made a huge effort to ensure the boys had a good holiday season. Many of the boys had no relatives or friends to remember them. Father Flanagan made sure each boy had at least two gifts.Father personally decorated the Christmas tree for the boys. Even as the number of boys increased, Father made it a point to watch as they all unwrapped their gifts Christmas morning. After opening presents, the boys attended church followed by Christmas dinner and a movie. | Boystown.org
The early football teams played with second hand and very well worn uniforms and sports equipment. When they traveled to Hollywood to play the Blackfoxe Military Academy in 1939, many movie stars in attendance were taken aback by the team’s appearance. In response, the stars donated new uniforms and equipment for the team. Boys Town went on to win their game against Blackfoxe. | BoysTown.org
Joshua Colas, chess prodigy aspiring to become history's youngest African American Chess Grandmaster. - is only 16 years old but is already ranked out of chess players throughout the U. who are registered with the U.