Duke Ligon, a noted energy sector executive and philanthropist in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area, serves on the boards of directors of oil and gas companies such as Blueknight Energy Partners and Emerald Oil. He also supports the efforts of a wide range of nonprofit and arts organizations both in and beyond Oklahoma City, including the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. Thanks to the efforts of Duke Ligon and other donors, the museum is able to offer a variety of award-winning, interactive experiences for children and their families.
The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is home to imaginative, STEM-oriented exhibitions, including a make-believe town that lets children engage in play related to numerous jobs and careers in the adult world. There is even a make-believe surgical facility that features real film footage of medical procedures.
Melvin Moran, CEO of Moran Oil Enterprises, and his wife, Jasmine, established the museum more than 20 years ago, based on their vision of playing to learn in a colorful and engaging “Kid Town.” The couple, longtime Seminole residents and philanthropists, had seen a children’s museum on a visit to Michigan and wanted to bring the same experiences to the children in their community.
Today, young visitors to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum can fight fires, fly an airplane, work in a hospital, go to court, or take a break from “work” by clambering around in the five-mile-long climbing maze.