1987 Recipient - Mrs. Harriet Van Meter
Founder of the International Book Project
Harriet Drury Van Meter ("The Book Lady") touched millions of lives around the world through the International Book Project, Inc., which she founded in 1966. Mrs. Van Meter started IBP to help people in countries where books and journals were in short supply. When she died in October 1997, more than 120,000 books were being sent to nearly 100 countries worldwide every year.
Mrs. Van Meter's work brought her a nomination for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize and finished among the eight finalists. She received the Kiwanis International World Service Medal and was inducted into the Kentucky Women's Hall of Fame.
In 1998, Mrs. Van Meter received the Kentucky Women Remembered Award, presented by the Kentucky Commission on Women, which recognized her for her significant contribution to Kentucky and societal history. Her portrait hangs at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky.
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