Oil and gas industry executive and philanthropist Duke Ligon supports a variety of charitable causes in the Oklahoma City community and throughout the country. He is an active supporter of such groups as the Civil War Trust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Nature Conservancy. Thanks to Duke Ligon and other members of its board of directors, the Civil War Trust has expanded its capacities to acquire historically significant battlegrounds and offer informative and educational programming.
Among its important subsidiary efforts, the Civil War Trust leads a project called Campaign 1776. This program works to preserve battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In tribute to those who gave their lives in the service of their country, the trust hopes to ensure continued access to these sites for succeeding generations and to continue to preserve these events for the sake of public education.
The Civil War Trust’s involvement in the preservation of Revolutionary War-era battlefields came about only a few years ago, when National Park Service officials approached the organization’s leadership with information about the lands’ risk of being eradicated. In partnership with members and historians, the trust got to work to expand its mission and its funding.
Among the trust’s educational materials associated with Campaign 1776 is a series of video maps with historic narration, available to the public on its website.