Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Book Outlines the Growth of the Civil War Trust

The founder and CEO of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon also holds board positions with other oil, mineral, and natural gas companies in the region. Outside of work, Duke Ligon sits on the board of directors for a number of charitable organizations, including the Civil War Trust in Washington, DC.

The Civil War Trust engages in the purchase and preservation of historically significant Civil War sites, and educates the public about the war’s legacy for all Americans. Thanks to its members and donors, the trust has been able to acquire more than 46,000 acres of land in 23 states.

In a new book, the trust memorializes its three decades of work to preserve this vital part of the country’s heritage. Entitled Fighting the Second Civil War: A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, this 30th-anniversary commemorative volume outlines the growth of the trust, from its grassroots beginnings to its current status as the nation’s premier battlefield preservation organization.

Among the trust’s challenges and triumphs, the book outlines how the group fought the construction of a shopping mall on the site of the Battle of Bull Run and a casino at Gettysburg. The book is available through the trust’s website.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Met’s Simple Gifts Exhibit Spotlights Shaker Culture

Oklahoma City’s Duke Ligon, a strong supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, serves on the Major Gifts Committee of the museum’s board of directors. The broadly-experienced energy industry executive, who currently heads Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, and sits on the board of Oklahoma-based Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., also works to promote the interests of numerous arts and educational nonprofits. Thanks in part to the dedication of Duke Ligon, these organizations continue to offer major programs that benefit the national community.

In one recent exhibit, which ran from July 2016 to August 2017, the Met focused on the heritage of the Shakers. Through Simple Gifts: Shaker at the Met, museum-goers had the opportunity to learn more about this distinctive American culture and its traditions of heartfelt religious devotion and precision craftsmanship.

Numerous 20th and 21st century artists have absorbed influences from the Shakers, known for their minimalist approach to the construction of furniture, tableware, and household articles. For the exhibition, the museum assembled some of its most representative objects made by members of Shaker communities, which thrived in New York and New England, particularly in the early 1800s.

The Shakers, a dissident religious group focused on the values of peacefulness, communitarianism, work, and simplicity, inspired composer Aaron Copland to create a richly evocative arrangement of their hymn “Simple Gifts” for the 1944 Martha Graham ballet “Appalachian Spring.” The Met’s exhibition paired its Shaker pieces with video footage of the ballet.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Purpose of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Based in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is an attorney and businessman with extensive experience in corporate litigation. The founder and the owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, located in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization created to honor the citizens of Oklahoma who have made an impact in their industry. To this end, it exhibits a showcase of many outstanding Oklahomans who have contributed to the state’s heritage. It also works to facilitate educational programming, including field trips for school-aged students and publications that detail the history of the state.

Essentially a private donation-funded organization, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is governed by a primary board of directors. Moreover, there is also a teen board comprised of high school students that organize an annual fundraising program and a second century board consisting of young professionals who help to promote the organization in their respective networks. Together, the boards help preserve Oklahoma’s unique history for another generation.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Seurat’s Circus Side Show at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art