During the nineteenth century "seeing the elephant" meant doing something that was out of the ordinary. Today, we might refer to the same occurrence as "having peak experience." Whatever the case, I like the elephant metaphor because it captures the excitement I felt last May when I visited the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Hollandsworth, James G. Jr.
"Seeing the Elephant in Ann Arbor,"
The Primary Source: Vol. 22
, Article 2.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/theprimarysource/vol22/iss2/2