HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – Eyes across the country moved to Indiana after Donald Trump picked Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence is hardly the first Hoosier to run for the country’s second highest office.
Huntington is home to Dan Quayle. It’s also the top spot for vice presidential history.
One building is getting some attention thanks to Mike Pence being added to the Trump ticket.
“Indiana has a long history with the vice presidency,” Daniel Johns said.
Johns is the man behind the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center in Huntington. The center celebrates all of the vice presidents while teaching kids the importance of the office.
“This is Vice President Dan Qualye’s home town so that comes the name,” Johns added. “It really pleases his him that it focuses on teaching people, especially school kids of the office of vice president.”
Museum visitors are treated to displays with artifacts that go back 227 years.
Campaign posters and a memoir celebrate Indiana’s own Thomas Marshall.
There are memories of a young Dan Quayle as well.
A podium upstairs helps to teach those school kids how elections really work… a program that Johns has taken across the country.
“During it, 6 kids actually run for president of a fictitious country and of course they have to go through the entire process of winning primaries in states to win delegates,” Johns explained. “We have to win delegates to win the nomination, on and on and on, all the way through the electoral college. It gives them a step by step idea of what it takes to elect a president of the United States.”
Huntington is a natural fit for a place that looks back on the vice presidents. After all, the Hoosier state boasts the second most to serve. If he makes it to the White House, Mike Pence would be the sixth, keeping Indiana relevant during the campaign season… a tradition that goes back to the civil war days.
“It was important to have someone from Indiana on your ticket just because the importance Indiana had in national politics at that time,” Johns said.
For more information on the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, visit the center’s website.