The 2020 National Humanities Conference is scheduled to take place November 5-8, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, the Indy 500, and six vice presidents! As we gear up for the big event, check out these fun facts about the state and host city. Need more? Get an inside look of the city through this collection of stories and interviews with Indy locals curated by Visit Indy.
10 Interesting Facts About Indiana, the 17th Most Populous State in the Nation:
- Indiana has produced six vice presidents of the United States, the second most of any state (New York is first).
- Indiana’s motto, “Crossroads of America” rings true as it has more miles of interstate highway per square mile than any other state.
- German is the largest ancestry reported in Indiana with 22 percent of the population reporting that ancestry to the US Census.
- Some famous Hoosiers include Vice President Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, actor James Dean, singer Janet Jackson, singer Axl Rose, David Letterman, Larry Bird, racer John Andretti, Orville Redenbacher, Colonel Sanders, and author Kurt Vonnegut, who said, “All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.” While visiting the city, you can now tour Vonnegut’s Indianapolis.
- The Indianapolis Airport has been named the top airport in North America for seven years in a row.
- Indianapolis is home to the Cultural Trail, the first of its kind in the world. The 8-mile trail connects hotels, restaurants, green spaces, and cultural institutions.
- Indy’s most famous food: St. Elmo’s Shrimp Cocktail, is considered an “American Classic” by the James Beard Foundation. It packs a horseradish punch that will knock your socks off (and open those sinuses)!
- Think the original Love Sculpture is in New York or Philly? Guess again! It’s in Indianapolis at Newfields!
- Indy loves good food! Named one of the “most underrated food cities in the US” by Conde Nast Traveler, Indy is home to many unique local restaurants.
- The only urban state park is within walking distance of the 2020 National Humanities Conference hotel, the Downtown Marriott Hotel! Learn more about White River State Park.