Friday, August 26, 2016

Nature Conservancy Designs Bison-Themed License Plate for Oklahoma

Oklahoma City-based Mekusukey Oil Company owner and manager Duke Ligon possesses over four decades of experience in the oil and energy industry. Duke Ligon also serves on the board of directors for the Nature Conservancy’s Oklahoma branch, which is pursuing an endeavor to introduce a bison-themed state specialty license plate.

The bison holds a special place in the hearts of Oklahoma residents as the state’s official animal, a designation it received in 1972 due to its resilience, power, and majesty. The state opened the first national preserve for bison in 1907 near Cache, which later became the site of the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Reserve. Additionally, the Nature Conservancy led the state in introducing the animal to the tall-grass prairie at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Pres. Barak Obama also signed the National Bison Legacy Act in 2016 and thereby officially named the bison as the United States’ national mammal. The Nature Conservancy’s introduction of a bison-themed license plate honors the animal and celebrates its new designation. Members of the public will vote for the plate’s final design, which will require approval from the state tax commission before it can become available for pre-sale. The plate will go into production for state-wide release if 500 plates are sold within the first 180 days of pre-sale release. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Nature Conservancy for state conservation efforts.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

St. Anthony Foundation Prepares for Annual Saint Ball in October 2016

Founder of the in Oklahoma City-based Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon has held multiple leadership positions in the energy and oil industry. Duke Ligon also serves on the board of directors for the St. Anthony Foundation, the directorial board for the nonprofit faith-based hospital. The St. Anthony Foundation is preparing for its annual Saints Ball on October 28, 2016.

The Saints Ball serves as St. Anthony’s signature black-tie gala and invites donors and hospital staff to an evening of food, sweet treats, and prizes while raising the necessary funds to help the hospital continue to care for patients. Promising an unforgettable affair, the gala kicks off with a cocktail reception and features a live auction. Guests will also enjoy a seated dinner and conclude the evening with live music and dancing.

St. Anthony’s 2016 gala will highlight the theme of Pure Imagination, complete with extravagant d├ęcor and engaging performances. It will take place at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

To learn more about the Saints Ball: Pure Imagination, visit

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center Genealogy Lunch and Learn


Attorney Duke Ligon has served as legal counsel for Devon Energy Corporation as well as for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. Currently the owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon maintains strong bonds with his Oklahoma City community and is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Since the Oklahoma Historical Society was founded in 1893, it has worked to maintain connections to the state’s history and culture through 30 museums and historic sites, as well as various educational programs, publications, and a research archive.

One such initiative, organized by the historical society’s Research Center, is a Genealogy Lunch and Learn program that provides interested participants with tips to help them engage in family research and learn more about their roots.

The Research Center can provide online access to military records that date back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Voter registration records also can be used to trace a genealogy. The program involves lectures from experts in various areas of family research.