British tour

AUGUSTA – Old Fort Western and Collette Vacations have teamed up to offer Fort Western members, their guests and the public a chance to tour historic sites in England, Scotland and Wales on Oct. 18 through 27.

Called “British Landscapes,” the 10-day tour will include a London theater performance as well as stops in Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, the English Lake District, North Wales, Bath, the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Collette Vacations staff will host an informational travel show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Fort Western Learning Gallery, City Hall, 16 Cony St.

Registration materials and a copy of the trip brochure may be found at or by calling Old Fort Western, 626-2385. The registration deadline is April 19.

Hartley lecture

PORTLAND – Donna Cassidy, author of the book, “Marsden Hartley: Race, Region and Nation” (University Press of New England, 2005), will give a lecture on “Making Geography Trivial: Marsden Hartley, Provence and Transatlantic Modernism” Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The free public lecture and reception will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the seventh floor of USM’s Glickman Family Library.

Cassidy, whose resent research looks at American artists working in Europe during the early 20th century between the two world wars, will discuss whether Hartley’s place as a member of the international avant-garde, and as a painter from Maine, are distinct identities. She is USM’s 2005-2006 Trustee Professor.

The event was originally schedule for Nov. 14. For more information, call 780-4200.

MBA online

PORTLAND – Saint Joseph’s College will host an information session, “Earn Your MBA Online,” about its graduate business degree, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St.

Program director Dr. Gregory Gull, faculty and students will speak about the leadership MBA program, which focuses on preparing leaders who understand how to integrate the qualitative, such as ethics, relationships and team-building, with the quantitative, such as profit, costs and market share.

Professor Ted Hatch of Portland will demonstrate an online course and working professionals enrolled in the leadership MBA will share how they use the knowledge gained to make an impact on their organizations and careers.

RSVP by visiting or calling 800-752-4723.

Nominees sought

PORTLAND – Maine Preservation has announced its call for nominations for the 11th annual statewide historic preservation honor awards. Categories include commercial and residential restoration/rehabilitation, adaptive use, cultural landscape preservation, organizational excellence, crafts/trades and the preservation champion award, recognizing individual accomplishment in historic preservation.

Nomination forms, submission criteria and a list of previous honor awardees may be obtained by visiting Maine Preservation’s Web site at or by phoning 775-3652.

Nominations must be received by March 30 and may be mailed or delivered to Maine Preservation, 500 Congress St., 2nd floor, Portland, ME 04101. The awards celebration will take place on May 11 during National Preservation Month as part of Maine Preservation’s annual preservation conference.