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Le Petit Trianon, located in Pacific Heights or Presidio Heights district of San Francisco also called the Korshland Mansion. It was built between 1902- 1904 by Marcus and Corrine Korshland to be a replica of Marie-Antoinette’s getaway palace in the gardens of Versailles. Its sandstone façade survived the Great Quake & Fire of San Francisco in 1906 with minimal exterior damage and owned by the family until the 1960s. It was recently listed for $25 million after sitting for years at $45 million. The interior is wholly original and has been extensive modernizationed with questionable execution.


Muhammad Ali, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Harold Smith, Stevie Wonder & Marlon Brando at the concert at the end of the Longest Walk, a 3,600-mile protest march from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in the name of the Native rights, 1978.

Mary Ellen “Mammy"  Pleasant was a savvy and prosperous San Francisco businesswoman who supported, and helped finance, the fight to end slavery and to gain citizenship in the free states. Pleasant was associated with both the citizenship movement in California and abolition activities in the eastern United States.  She is known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California.


The first school in the catalog is Redwood Institute for Magical Education, otherwise known as RIME. Here follows a brief history and information on its location. Posts on RIME’s Academics, School Organization and Character, as well as Student Life are forthcoming.

Founding/A Brief History of Redwood Institute for Magical Education 

RIME was founded in 1865 by Naoki Maruyama, who arrived in California in 1851 at the age of 19, a wizard fresh from his education at Mahoutokoro who heard there was money to be made in the California Gold Rush and figured he would be at least as good at digging it out of the hills as the muggles. Naoki fell in love with the rugged attitude of the newly blossoming San Francisco, with its hard-drinking miners and simple food, with its relentless spirit, with its fierce and often aggressive independence, with its aura of possibility.

And so Naoki settled, as most miners did, in San Francisco, but unlike most miners, he actually did make a fortune there. Naoki fared much better socially in San Francisco than most immigrants, largely due to his willingness to help other miners, to point them in the direction of large gold deposits and occasionally to be around when the rock magically seemed softer, the hike quicker, the air less chilled. Camped out in the hills, Naoki lived on black coffee, sourdough and dried beef, along with the occasional rabbit stew that could be cooked up over an open campfire, one eye on his claim.

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