Elizabeth Munger Reads Paper At N.E.A. Conference, Chicago; Doing Educational Work In East

[Cedar Rapids Republican, Sunday, March 2, 1924.]


"Do you like your work?"

"I love it! I'm wedded to delinquency!"

The question was asked by a member of the Art club and the answer was given by Miss Elizabeth Munger[,] an unusually attractive young woman who has rare charm of manner and who, one would suspect, presided over a home of her own and cultivated a flower garden instead of bothering her pretty head about prisons, prison reforms, sub-normal and abnormal children.

Miss Munger, formerly of Cedar Rapids and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Munger, is spending the week end with Miss Rachel Witwer, with whom the regular meeting of the Art club was held Friday afternoon.

By request of the club Miss Munger read a paper on "Delinquency and the School," which she read at the conference of the National Educational Association held last week in Chicago, and then gave an informal talk to the club about her work for the past four and one-half years as assistant superintendent of the State Home for Girls, in Trenton, N.J.

Miss Munger was asked by a member of the National Educational committee to address the conference. She spoke from the point of view of those who work with the "failures" of the school. Movements are now under way to clear up some of these situations. Truant officers are employed; there are special classes and experimental schools for children who do not fit in with the regular curriculum, A point brought out by Miss Munger was that interplay of personality might create a "problem" situation.

In New York City where such a situation arises an inspector is sent for an interview with the pupil and as a rule, finds out much which aids in the solution of the problem.

One of the committees of which Miss Munger is a member is that on the care and training of delinquent women and girls, which is affiliated with the national committee on prisons and prison labor.

Since the first of January Miss Munger's work requires three days in New York City each week.

To the Art club she made a plea for its affiliation with the National Federation of Women's Clubs and cited some of the big things already accomplished by that splendid organization.



Miss Lelia Johnson, 1100 First avenue, entertained at dinner Friday evening in honor of Miss Elizabeth Munger of New York and Trenton, the guest of Miss Rachel Witwer. The table was centered with a yellow bowl filled with calendulas and freesias. Covers were laid for six.

Miss Munger was guest of honor at a dinner party given by Mrs. McCandless Saturday evening, at her home, 335 Crescent street. Spring flowers made attractive table decorations and covers were laid for twelve.

Mrs. D.W. Warren is entertaining a few friends at breakfast this morning in honor of Miss Munger. Miss Munger is leaving this afternoon for New York.