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Mary Joy Anderson,
Long-Time Boys Town Volunteer

“As I got older, I wanted to do something involving children. I always felt Boys Town did a fantastic job with kids and just being a part of that, olunteering at the Hall of History, was so satisfying to me. I am so proud of being able to be a part of the Boys Town Model.”


Over Boys Town’s first century of service, volunteers like Mary Joy Anderson played a vital role in the Home’s rich history. The first volunteers helped Father Flanagan care for his boys, preparing meals, mending clothing or teaching classes. Later, people would share their time and talents as guides and hosts to the multitude of visitors to the Home who wanted to experience the spirit that makes Boys Town so special.

“Mary Joy volunteered at the Hall of History for many years as a docent,” said Tom Lynch, Director of Community Programs. “She welcomed thousands of guests to Boys Town, and helped them learn about our history and current programs. Even after ending her volunteer work at the museum, Mary Joy and her husband, Tal, remained dedicated and loyal supporters of Father Flanagan’s mission.”

In 2017, Boys Town’s Centennial anniversary, Mary Joy’s children – Mickey and Krista Anderson, Angie and Sean Quinn, and Lisa Anderson – donated a “The Work Will Continue” statue to honor her 20 years of volunteer service at the Hall of History.