Honoring a Century of Saving Children and Healing Families
A young parish priest named Father Edward Flanagan had a theory: Every child could be a productive citizen if given love, a home, an education and a trade. Armed with his belief, and $90 he had borrowed, he rented a boarding house where boys of all races and religions were welcomed.
Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, or “Boys Town” as it became known, has grown exponentially since its founding in 1917. Today it is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country, dedicated to serving at-risk children and families of all backgrounds and religions. Through its Boys Town National Hotline, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and other community services, the organization provides treatment for the behavioral, emotional, and physical problems of children and families in 11 regions across the country. Boys Town programs impact the lives of more than two million children and families each year.
December 12, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of Boys Town, Nebraska.
The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program Act (Public Law 114-30) was signed into law on July 6, 2015, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town. Under that law, Congress directed the Mint to strike and issue up to:
Prices for the coins include surcharges of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin and $5 for each half dollar clad coin, which the law authorizes to be paid to Boys Town to carry out its cause of caring for and assisting children and families in underserved communities across America.
Proof Silver Dollar Video
Sculptor-engraver Joseph Menna from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia talks about working on the Boys Town Centennial 2017 Proof Silver Dollar: