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Welcome to Kitchen 8

Elizabeth Miller Watkins, through generosity, creativity, and foresight, created Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls at the Univeristy of Kansas with the "dream to aid self-supporting girls to get an education."

As all Miller and Watkins residents know, each hall has 7 small kitchens. Although the use of the 7 kitchens has evolved over time, they still remain an integral part of life and camaraderie within the halls. Our organization serves as a link between the past and present women of Miller and Watkins as a metaphoric "Kitchen 8."

2014 K-8 Annual Meeting Weekend

Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27

REGISTER ONLINE for our 2014 Kitchen 8 Weekend

DOWNLOAD PDF and register via mail.

For more information about the 2014 Weekend CLICK HERE.

“Lady Bountiful” herself will make a guest appearance to participate in “In Her Own Write: The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Miller Watkins,” our feature program for the 2014 K-8 Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26, at Lawrence Country Club. 

Lady Bountiful (Gail Trottier) will join Kitchen 8 President Norma (Decker) Hoagland and Lawrence historian Mary Burchill to share, read and talk about Mrs. Watkins’ time and letters, which are stored at the Spencer Research Library.  Their program will bring to life the warmth, personality and force of Elizabeth Miller Watkins, Lady Bountiful to Watkins and Miller, KU women, KU and the Lawrence community.

Weekend Schedule


Tea for two, scholarship halls that is,
and flowers for Lizzie

2 p.m. Sunday, April 27
Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls

Sunday afternoon, April 27 Watkins and Miller will host their annual Alumnae Teas.  The women of Lilac Lane will treat Watkins/Miller alumnae and friends to hall tours, home-baked goods, special presentations, and musical numbers by Watkins and Miller residents.  In keeping with tradition, the programs will conclude with a combined chorus of “My Sweetheart of Lilac Lane.”

Both Alumnae Teas will begin at 2 p.m., one at Miller Hall and the other at Watkins Hall.

At 4 p.m., after the Alumnae Teas have ended, Watkins/Miller alumnae and residents will head to Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Avenue, to honor Elizabeth Miller Watkins by laying flowers on her grave.

2014 Kitchen 8 Newsletter



Our Mission

Kitchen 8, K-8, is an alumnae organization comprised of residents, past and present, of these halls and other supporters of Mrs. Watkins' tradition. As the official keepers of her legacy we endeavor to provide a community of support for previous, current and future residents through mentorship, charitable contributions through the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, staying informed of the condition of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls and striving to follow her example of compassion and selflessness.