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Globe Trotting: Year of ‘Alice’ events marks 150th

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Year of ‘Alice’ events marks 150th

It’s a very, merry birthday this year for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland," marking 150 years since the classic children’s book by Lewis Carroll was published in 1865.

Alice150 events including art exhibitions, performances, conferences and even tea parties are being held in New York, the United Kingdom and other places from Japan to Brazil.

In New York, Columbia University, New York University and the Morgan Library will host exhibits, including a display of Carroll’s original manuscript at the Morgan. In California the Charles M. Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa, which honors the creator of the "Peanuts" cartoon, will open a "Peanuts in Wonderland" exhibition in November with illustrations, graphic novels and comics, including Schultz’s Cheshire Beagle.

For details of the international event, visit www.LewisCarroll.org or lewiscarrollresources.net/2015.

Springfield to honor Lincoln’s death

Springfield, Ill., is hosting exhibitions, lectures, performances and re-enactments to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination and funeral.

Lincoln died April 15, 1865, after being shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery on May 4, 1865. Lincoln lived in Springfield for 17 years, and his home there is a national historic site.

The Springfield commemoration kicked off Feb. 1, and events will roll out over the next few months. The culmination takes place May 1-3 with Civil War encampments, an all-night vigil, a procession to the cemetery and a cannon salute.

A schedule of events in Springfield can be found at lincolnfuneraltrain.org. Information on the replica train car is at www.The2015LincolnFuneralTrain.com.

New Orleans beyond Mardi Gras

The days leading up to Mardi Gras are among New Orleans’ busiest. But there’s plenty for tourists to do there after Tuesday’s holiday.

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is scheduled for March 25-29 with master classes, competitions and theater events. The French Quarter Festival takes place April 9-12. The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will race in the New Orleans area for the first time on April 12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. The New Orleans Jazz Festival takes place April 24-May 3.

The city also marks 10 years this year since Hurricane Ka­trina.

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