From the Chamber President: THSB 150th Celebration speech

On Monday December 9 2019, the Chamber was honored to celebrate Terre Haute Savings Bank’s milestone of 150 years in business. Read below for a copy of Kristin Craig’s comments during the celebration presentation.

Good morning! I am Kristin Craig, President of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and I would like to welcome you to today’s celebration.

To provide some context for what we are celebrating today, think about this… 150 years ago, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce didn’t exist. While the Civil War had ended a few years earlier, Union troops were still occupying some of our southern states. The first professional baseball game was played by the Cincinnati Red Stockings. And a hotel in Boston became the first to have indoor plumbing.

In 1869, Terre Haute was just in its infancy, having been formally established as a city only 16 years earlier. The face of industry in our community was shifting rapidly as coal had just been discovered in the region.

It’s hard to imagine what changes a financial institution has experienced over 150 years of service. The innovation, the technology, the types of businesses they’ve supported are almost too much to comprehend. But speaking on behalf of the business community, we are incredibly thankful that Terre Haute Savings Bank made that commitment and has been serving us for 150 years.

I’d now like to introduce City of Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett to the podium for a few remarks.

In closing, I’d like to again congratulate President Bart Colwell and the entire Terre Haute Savings Bank team on this incredible accomplishment.

Please join us for refreshments, and be sure to check out the memorabilia on display in the lobby.

Thanks again to all of you for being here today.

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