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Item 16151

Letter from William Ladd to the Baron de Roenne, 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1840-04-22 Location: Minot; Minot Media: Ink on paper

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Item 25176

Letter from Soviet cosmonaut, 1983

Contributed by: Maine State Museum Date: 1983 Location: Manchester; Manchester Media: Ink on paper

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Item 25177

Samantha Smith, Manchester, 1983

Contributed by: An individual through Maine State Museum Date: 1983 Location: Manchester Media: Photographic print


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Samantha Smith's Questions

Samantha Smith, a Manchester schoolgirl, gained international fame in 1983 by asking Soviet leader Yuri Andropov whether he intended to start a nuclear war and then visiting the Soviet Union to be reassured that no one there wanted war.


Maine's 20th Regiment

The War was not going well for the Union and in the summer of 1862, when President Lincoln called for an additional 300,000 troops, it was not a surprise to see so many men enlist in an attempt to bring proper leadership into the Army.


Great War and Armistice Day

In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day, a time to honor American veterans of all wars. The holiday originated, however, as a way to memorialize the end of World War I, November 11, 1918, and to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations." Mainers were involved in World War I as soldiers, nurses, and workers on the homefront aiding the military effort.