October 04, 2016

The Boys of '36

Neill Public Library will present American Experience’s The Boys of ’36, based on Daniel James Brown’s best seller The Boys in the Boat.

The Boys of ’36 is the story of nine working class men from the University of Washington who defied the odds when they won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  As sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, these men overcame tremendous hardship to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but also Hitler’s elite German rowers.  Their unexpected victory and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it gave hope to a country struggling to emerge from the difficulties of the Depression.

Community members are invited to a free screening of the documentary The Boys of ’36, inspired by Daniel James Brown’s best-selling book, The Boys in the Boat.  This documentary recounts the thrilling underdog story of nine young men from the University of Washington rowing team that took the nation by storm when they won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

This screening will take place Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm in the Hecht Meeting Room at Neill Public Library, 210 N. Grand Avenue.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Dan Owens at dan.owens@neill-lib.org or 509-338-3251.

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