Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Site Navigation

Moments In History

How Father Flanagan’s ​Kennedy Book Was Almost Lost to History

Perhaps it was the “luck of the Irish.” Whatever the reason, an extremely important, valuable and rare book was almost lost forever, were it not for the sharp eyes of a Boys Town employee at a library book sale. Father Flanagan’s personally signed copy of President John F. Kennedy’s Harvard thesis “Why England Slept” now ​holds a prominent place in Boys Town’s Hall of History. Watch the video below to learn the amazing story of how it ended up there.


Help Create Another Success Story

At Boys Town, we believe there are no bad children — only children who need compassion, understanding and a second chance. Every dollar of your donation helps us in our mission and goes toward Boys Town programs that help youth succeed. Donate Today