Celebrating Samantha Smith 

The Maine State Museum is honoring an elementary school student who sent a famous letter to a Soviet leader, seeking peace in 1983.

An exhibit opening Aug. 25th will pay tribute to Samantha Smith on the 30th anniversary of the plane crash that took her life.

Smith was just 10 years old and a 5th grader at Manchester Elementary School when she wrote a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov expressing her worry over nuclear war.

The letter prompted a reply and invitation from Andropov to visit the Soviet Union on a two-week peace mission.

Museum officials say her message of peace is still relevant today, even though the Soviet Union no longer exists.