Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trunks Up!

A collection of elephants, Trunks Up For Good Luck, is now on exhibit in the main floor display case.  The elephants were collected by Mrs. Mildred Christiance.  Born in 1900, Mrs. Christiance was a lifelong resident of St. Johnsville.  She was active in a number of local groups including the St. Johnsville Chapter of the DAR, Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Johnsville Business Girls, the Felt Shoe 30 year Club and the Senior Saints. 

The very colorful exhibit has herds of large and small elephants in various mediums including glass, wood, stone, ceramic and metals.  Of particular interest is a 1941 Disney Dumbo wind-up toy, which is still in working condition.

Mildred and her husband, Frank were well-known throughout the community during their lifetimes. The collection was donated to the library by Robert Failing, Jr. following Mrs. Christiance’s death.