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Laycook-Petty honored with national award
Nina Laycook-Petty was presented the Women in American History Award from The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Kanab City Council meeting on November 10, 2020.
Valerie King, Regent for the Color Country Chapter of the DAR, made the following comments: “Nina Laycook-Petty is the third female mayor to lead Kanab, serving from 2010-2014. Her small town in southern Utah made American history years earlier when citizens elected the first All Female Town Council (1912-14).
In 2012, marking the 100th Anniversary of these famous Kanab ladies, she led an effort to gather historical information and then organized a traveling reenactment group to share their stories. Preserving their stories was important to her and she considers this effort one of her most shining accomplishments for her community. Their act even traveled north with a special performance given to Governor Gary Herbert in Salt Lake City, January 2012.
Then their act became part of a documentary “America’s First All Women Town Council,” which was featured at Utah’s 2014 DOCUTAH Festival. Her group came out of retirement to perform their commemorative skit at Color Country’s luncheon in Dec. 2019 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.