Exhibit Pays Tribute to Late Elementary School Student Who Penned Letter to Soviet Leader 

A new exhibit at the Maine State Museum in Augusta pays tribute to a late elementary school student made famous for a letter to a Soviet leader seeking peace.

In 1983, Manchester Elementary School 5th grader Samantha Smith expressed her worry over nuclear war in a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov.

The letter prompted an invitation to visit the Soviet Union on a two week peace keeping mission that garnered world-wide attention.

The opening of the exhibit coincides with the 30th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed her life.

Museum officials say Samantha’s message of peace is still relevant today.

The exhibit will be on display until October.