Color Bearers Unite to Preserve America’s Civil War Sites

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Color Bearers

A resident of Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon owns and manages Mekusukey Oil Company and serves Peter J. Solomon Company as a senior advisor. Outside of his work in the energy sector, Duke Ligon holds positions on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including that of the Civil War Trust.

The nonpartisan Civil War Trust works to preserve history by protecting significant battlefields of the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War. However, urban sprawl and development poses an urgent threat to the preservation of these sites, and many have already been lost.

One way to support the Civil War Trust is through membership in the Color Bearers. Modeled after their 19th-century counterparts, Color Bearers commit themselves as leaders of the mission to save the nation’s battlegrounds. For a monthly fee, Color Bearer memberships are available in five successive levels: Regimental, Brigade, Division, Corps, and National. Each subsequent level enjoys the benefits of the level or levels prior.


Renowned Oklahoma City Philharmonic Conductor to Retire


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Joel Levine

Duke Ligon, founder of Mekusukey Oil Company and board member of numerous energy-focused companies and charitable organizations, is among the notable supporters of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation. Duke Ligon’s contributions have enabled the Foundation to further the mission of the Philharmonic in providing a musical education for the city’s residents.

The 30-year-old orchestra and its conductor and music director, Joel Levine, have built a strong program of selections to enrich the culture of the region. Since the Philharmonic’s inception in 1988, Levine has led the professional musicians as they developed into a widely respected ensemble.

Over Levine’s tenure, the orchestra developed its popular holiday program called “The Christmas Show!” Other seasonal programs include concerts in celebration of the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The Labor Day concert, in particular, has become a local tradition, with many families including it in their long weekend.

Under Levine’s direction, the Philharmonic has hosted world-renowned guest performers, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman. After the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, Joel Levine will step aside to allow new music director Alexander Mickelthwate to take the Philharmonic to further successes.

The Met Honors Noted Mexican Baroque Painter with Exhibit


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Cristóbal de Villalpando

The owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon serves as a board member of several regional energy companies as well as some of the country’s leading cultural and nonprofit organizations. Among his affiliations, Duke Ligon is a board member of the Major Gifts Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

For three months, the Met will showcase the work of 17th-century Mexican painter Cristóbal de Villalpando. The exhibition features rare pieces by the artist such as Adoration of the Magi and The Holy Name of Mary.

In an unusual confluence of themes drawn from the New Testament and the Old, the Met is displaying Villalpando’s large-scale altarpiece painting depicting the prophet Moses with the bronze serpent alongside Jesus as He underwent the Transfiguration. The work, which the artist created for Puebla Cathedral, has never been part of a curated exhibit outside of Mexico.

Considered by critics as a master of the Mexican Baroque, Villalpando modified the European Baroque style with a lighter touch and brighter coloration to his work, while keeping the style’s richness of ornamentation and cultural references.

Heritage Trust Takes Four-Step Approach to Planning and Engagement

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Heritage Trust

    The former general counsel and senior vice president of Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is a legal professional with years of experience in corporate litigation. In addition to his current role as the owner and founder of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon maintains a position as a member of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Trust Company, a privately owned trust bank also located in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1998, Heritage Trust is responsible for the management of $15 billion in assets. The company operates with the goal of establishing positive, personalized relationships with clients, and takes a four-step approach to the engagement and planning process, as outlined below.

1. The planning begins with the execution of agreements. On the first day of dealings, the professionals at Heritage Trust focus on establishing a client’s trust or agency agreement, arranging for the transfer of assets, and completing the necessary paperwork.

2. Over the next two to four weeks, Heritage Trust employees work alongside clients to discuss account objectives, financial plans, and a questionnaire on risk tolerance before making asset investments as detailed in the client’s personalized plan.

3. As the partnership progresses, Heritage Trust maintains consistent communication with the client by producing monthly statements, releasing performance reports once per quarter, and taking the initiative to reach out and discuss decisions about the direction of a portfolio proactively.

4. At the year mark, Heritage Trust presents an annual review, in which the performance of a client’s portfolio is judged, financial plans receive updates, and investment objectives can be reviewed and changed as needed.