October 18, 2012

50 Capitols – Final Gettysburg Address

After 44 days, Mickey lands on the steps of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, and with the help of friends and family, reads the Gettysburg Address as he has done 49 times previously.
October 17, 2012

Springfield, IL – Day 44 / Capitol #50

The 50 Capitols trip started in Gettysburg Pennsylvania and finished in Springfield Illinois, which was the perfect place for the grand finale with Lincoln abound!  I was joined by my family and friends for the reading of the Gettysburg address in my 50th and final Capitol.  Special thanks to the NAIFA Illinois executive board for joining me, to whom I owea debt of gratitude.  The building is exceptional and its reputation extends all the way […]
October 16, 2012

Madison, WI – Day 43 / Capitol #49

Yesterday was amazing, or at least my visit to the Wisconsin State Capitol was! The entire Capitol Staff was welcoming and the Capitol Angels abundant, even showing up on the steps for the reading of the Gettysburg Address and ending with the architects on the walk out. This Capitol has plenty of room for bragging rights with it being the only one located on an isthmus (though Alaska’s is on an island) and the only […]
October 16, 2012

Madison.com | Photos: 50 capitols in 50 days

Mickey Straub of Burr Ridge, Ill., was at Wisconsin’s Capitol Tuesday as part of a 50-day tour of every state capitol in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The tour began in Gettysburg, Pa. (near the capital of Harrisburg) and will conclude this week at Springfield, the capital of Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.
October 15, 2012

Saint Paul, MN – Day 42 / Capitol #48

The Minnesota State Capitol was designed by one of America’s most prominent architects, Cass Gilbert, who also designed the  U. S. Supreme Court, the capitols of West Virginia, Arkansas, the Woolworth Building in Manhattan and helped popularize skyscrapers.  It is capped by a set of four gold horses representing the power of nature (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water), and lined on the inside with inspirational/spiritual quotes and symbols (This my kind of Capitol!) for the rule […]
October 14, 2012

Pierre, SD – Day 41 / Capitol #47

Though I am still able to accomplish the main goal of photographing specific things in the Capitol, what I miss by visiting on weekends are many of the people, stories, and treasures. Luckily, I was still able to find a few in the rotunda of the South Dakota State Capitol like the four unique bronze statues representing Vision, Integrity, Wisdom and Courage. There was also their State Seal which reads “Under God the People Rule”, […]
October 13, 2012

Bismark, ND – Day 40 / Capitol #46

The North Dakota State Capitol has a Lincoln Room, Memorial Hall and a great slogan on their state seal: Liberty  and Union Now and Forever One and Inseparable. Unfortunately, this is the only state Capitol that I did not get inside of because they are only open on weekends during the summer. That turned out to be a blessing because while at the ND Heritage Center I was able to get to know Merlan Paaverud […]
October 13, 2012

Morning in MT

A little bit of Elvis helps me get going in the morning as the sun rises in Montana.
October 13, 2012

KFYR-TV | Man travels to all 50 state capitols

An Illinois man is on a voyage across all 50 states to tour every state capitol. Mickey Straub checked North Dakota off of his list with a stop in Bismarck Saturday afternoon. He’s sharing president Lincoln’s message of liberty and patriotism from the Gettysburg address and fittingly enough, Straub is driving a Lincoln. Straub has already covered 13,000 miles in 40 days and he’s visited 46 capitols. Even though this is an election year, Straub […]
October 12, 2012

Helena, MT – Day 39 / Capitol #45

Montana State Capitol is #45 in the count-up (#6 in the countdown). Liberty shines most brightly in this Capitol nestled against the Rocky Mountain foothills. The dome is capped with a seventeen foot high personification of liberty called “Montana”. This bronze statue (sculpted by a Pennsylvanian) even wears a liberty cap-to symbolize freedom…and you’ll find two Liberty Bells, one inside and the numbered one from the U.S. Treasury across the street.