GRANADA, CO. – December 12, 2019 – TBK Bank, SSB, donated its building, located at 205 E Goff Avenue, to the Granada School District No. RE-1 in a key handing ceremony this morning. The building will subsequently be converted to the new location for the Amache Museum, which is dedicated to conserving the Amache site and its World War II history as the Granada War Relocation Center.
The donation of the bank’s 4,800 square foot building will allow the Amache Preservation Society (APS) to relocate and expand the current Amache Museum located across US-50 from the new site. The building will provide additional space for educational exhibitions and presentations as well as a dedicated research space to be used by Denver University and Colorado College research teams while studying the former World War II internment camp.
“TBK Bank is committed to serving the people, business and community of Granada,” said Lesli Baca, Vice President, Regional Operations Manager for TBK Bank. “The Granada School District and the Amache Preservation Society play an important role in preserving the history of our community and we are honored to be a part of that with this donation.”
“The Granada School District is honored and humbled to receive this building from TBK Bank,” said Ty Kemp, Superintendent of the Granada School District No. RE-1. “This building will be used to expand our Amache Museum and to provide research space for our high school students and for people from all over America that visit the museum. We truly appreciate the community minded spirit in which this building was donated and TBK supporting the educational efforts and growth of our students and school. This donation will touch the lives of students and visitors for many years to come.”
“The Japanese American Communities across the United States will be thrilled with this new museum,” said John Hopper, founder of the Amache Preservation Society and Dean of Students for the Granada School District.
The building, which previously served as an operations center for TBK Bank, is also the site of the bank’s drive through ATM. The ATM will remain in place and continue to operate.
ABOUT TBK BANK, SSB
TBK Bank, SSB, member FDIC and equal housing lender, is a subsidiary of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBK) offering consumer and commercial banking products from 61 branches throughout Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas. https://tbkbank.com
ABOUT THE GRANADA SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-1
The Granada School District No. RE-1 is a public school district located in Granada, Colorado, educating students from PK through 12th grade. https://www.granadaschools.org/
ABOUT THE AMACHE PRESERVATION SOCIETY
The Amache Preservation Society (APS) is responsible for maintaining the physical site of Amache, a World War II internment camp located in Granada, Colorado. The society, established by Mr. John Hopper, is run by student volunteers and has been instrumental in the renovation of the cemetery and the establishment of the Amache Museum and research center. APS has restored key Amache landmarks including the water tower, guard tower and barrack. https://amache.org/amache-preservation-society/