Press Coverage

February 21, 2019

Newsmax | For Love of Country

One week into his cross-country trip to visit 50 state capitols in 50 days, Mickey Straub felt deflated. The inspirational author and management consultant thought to himself, “This trip is silly, as he munched on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich out of the trunk of his 1997 Lincoln Town Car. Straub was in Annapolis, Maryland, 800-plus miles from home in Illinois. It was September 2012 and Barack Obama was running for a second term […]
April 17, 2017

Daily Herald | Mayor’s epic road trip now in Congressional Record

A suburban mayor’s effort to recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg address at 50 state capitols in 50 days is now part of the Congressional Record. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton presented Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub last week with the laminated text of the remarks the congressman made on the House floor about Straub’s accomplishment. Straub drove 15,000 miles to 48 state capitols and flew to those in Hawaii and Alaska between Sept. 4 and Oct. […]
April 12, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Burr Ridge mayor lauded for time and effort to recognize Lincoln

Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey’s Straub’s 50 Capitols trip is now a piece of American history. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, recently entered information about Straub’s 2012 patriotic pilgrimage to honor President Abraham Lincoln into the Congressional Record. Roskam was at the Village Board meeting April 10 to laud Straub for his efforts and to present him with a laminated copy of what the Wheaton congressman said on the House floor. Straub drove to 48 […]
July 3, 2016

WGN Radio | The Sunday Spin

For our first guest, we are joined by our very own Dave Schwan who shares with us his National Parks series as apart of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. Then, Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub joins Rick in studio. The mayor is author of the book “50 Capitols in 50 Days, Big Goals/Short Deadlines” and is the first person ever to recite the Gettysburg Address at all 50 state capitols. He tell […]
March 12, 2014

Hinsdale Magazine| 50 States in 50 Days

As seen in Hinsdale Magazine’s February 2014 issue. Last fall, Mickey Straub was elected mayor of Burr Ridge. But what he did the previous fall was an even more impressive accomplishment, travel to 50 States in 50 days. The youngest of six, Mickey Staub grew up in Pennsylvania, the state which President Lincoln recited the Gettysburg Address. Read full article
January 3, 2013

GOPUSA – The Loft | A Patriotic Adventure: 50 Capitols in 50 Days

It’s not often one comes across a person who has a real adventure story to tell. But that’s exactly what happened to me. I had the pleasure of meeting a man who felt a calling to spread a patriotic message across the country and to revive the words of Abraham Lincoln. And so the adventure began: visiting all 50 state capitol buildings in 50 days. Mickey Straub is his name. He’s 55 years old and […]
October 16, 2012 | 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 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

Juneau Empire | Photo: 50 states in 50 days

Mickey Straub prepares to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in front of the Alaska State Capitol during his visit on Tuesday. Straub is on a personal mission to visit all 50 state Capitols in 50 days. Straub, who plans to finish in Illinois in about a week, says he is making this trip to promote freedom, unity and patriotism in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.Mickey Straub prepares to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in front […]
October 12, 2012

Beartooth NBC – KTVH | Illinois man on a journey to visit 50 State Capitols in 50 days

After planning it out for several years, an Illinois man is nearly done with a trip of a lifetime. Mickey Straub has driven more than 11,000 miles in his attempt to see 50 state capitols in 50 days.  He says he takes plenty of photos and writes a journal entry for each for each capitol he visits. Straub has been driving an old Lincoln town car across country, with the exception of 2 flights to […]
October 8, 2012

Juneau Empire | ’50 Capitols in 50 Days’ coming to Juneau

An Illinois man who is trying to reach all 50 state Capitol Buildings in 50 days plans to arrive in Juneau Tuesday to recite the Gettysburg Address and take photographs at the Alaska State Capitol at 11 a.m. Mickey Straub set out from Gettysburg, Pa., the site where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the address in November 1863 after a battle between Union and Confederate troops, on Sept. 4. Straub has driven more than 11,000 miles […]
September 30, 2012

Illinois Review | Illinoisian past halfway mark in touring 50 capitols in 50 days

BURR RIDGE – Friday, Illinoisan Mickey Straub toured the capitol of New Mexico and found a reference to God that he photographed and placed on his Facebook page. New Mexico’s capitol building is the nation’s oldest – built in 1609 to 1610, the nation’s roundest – the only round capitol building and America’s highest capitol building, located at 7000 feet elevation. All that in itself may be interesting, but that’s not the whole story. Straub’s photo in Santa Fe isn’t of the first state capital he […]
September 13, 2012

Baton Rouge News 33 | Capitol quest brings Illinois man to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Some people make trips to see baseball stadiums, some to see national parks. One man is on a different type of pilgrimage, but with a very distinct purpose. “I’ve always wanted to go to all 50 capitols,” said Mickey Straub. “But then I re-read the Gettysburg Address, and that’s when it really hit me. And that’s one of the catalysts of the trip.” Straub first considered a trip to each state […]
September 4, 2012

Times Leader | A ‘capitol’ idea for patriotism

Luzerne County native Mickey Straub has something he wants to share with the 50 states: His patriotism. Beginning today, Straub, 55, who now lives in Chicago, plans to venture to each state capitol on a “50 Capitols in 50 Days” cross-country trip. At each stop he will recite the Gettysburg Address while honoring military veterans. “I’m doing it for personal and patriotic reasons,” Straub said in a recent interview. “If you read the Gettysburg Address […]
September 3, 2012

Gettysburg Times | Lincoln buff to recite Gettysburg Address in all states

A business owner from Burr Ridge, Ill. will embark on a journey to visit all 50 state capitols in just 50 days to recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Mickey Straub, a 55-year-old Pennsylvania native, will be reciting the address in front of the David Wills House on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. before heading off to Harrisburg.
September 3, 2012

Daily Herald | Burr Ridge businessman to preach Lincoln message nationwide

Two score and seven years ago is about when the seeds of an Abe Lincoln obsession were sown in the heart and soul of schoolboy Mickey Straub, whose Pennsylvania roots fed his interest in Lincoln’s historic visit to Gettysburg. That Lincoln love will be in full bloom Tuesday when Straub launches a pilgrimage to “promote Lincoln’s principles and patriotism” by reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from the steps of all 50 state capitols in 50 days. Naturally, he will […]
September 1, 2012

Burr Ridge Patch | Mayor Gary Grasso Helps Send Off ’50 Capitols in 50 Days’ Traveler Mickey Straub

A small group of friends, neighbors and co-workers of Mickey Straub, as well as couple of notable public officials, gathered Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial outside Burr Ridge’s Village Hall to send off the 55-year-old resident as he begins . Straub, a 55-year-old Abraham Lincoln enthusiast, will begin on Sept. 4 what he hopes will be 50-day trip that will take him to all 50 state capitals. He plans to recite aloud the Gettysburg Address […]
August 28, 2012

Burr Ridge Patch | Man to Recite Gettysburg Address at 50 State Capitols in 50 Days

Mickey Straub has an easy way of describing his upcoming trip across the United States. “I’m a guy from the land of Lincoln, in a Lincoln, quoting Lincoln,” he said. The trip itself, though, likely won’t be so easy. Straub, a 55-year-old Burr Ridge resident and Abraham Lincoln enthusiast, will begin on Sept. 4 what he hopes will be 50-day trip that will take him to all 50 state capitals. He plans to recite aloud […]
August 26, 2012

50 Capitols | Official 50 Capitols in 50 Days Press Release

BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS–Some baseball fans organize visits to all of the major league ballparks; others make treks to a list of prominent golf courses. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, a patriotic businessman from the Land of Lincoln and a Chicago suburb will attempt a cross-country trip in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln that he calls “50 Capitols in 50 Days…a patriotic pilgrimage.” He is Mickey Straub and he’s embarking on an historic journey which will begin […]