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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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"Uprooted" Exhibit: Japanese American Labor Camps During WWII
"Uprooted" Exhibit: Japanese American Labor Camps During WWII

In the summer of 2014, retired GFS teacher Teresa Maebori went with her mother to Caldwell, Idaho to explore her birthplace—a labor camp for Japanese Americans. Teresa shares the comprehensive story of that journey here, originally published in our Studies in Education publication.

While visiting the Caldwell labor camp with her mother, Teresa found out about an exhibit called "Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II," organized by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, which told her much more about the history of the labor camps. "Uprooted" tells the story of 33,000 Japanese Americans who volunteered out of the concentration camps to harvest sugar beets, mainly in eastern Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

In it, she recognized threads of her own story and that of her parents and brother.

Teresa inquired then about the "Uprooted" exhibit and found out that she could reserve it. So she did. The first available date was in 2017. She thought, "That's a long way off," and now it's here. Teresa was awarded a Legacy Grant from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) so she could move forward with her plan of bringing the exhibit east. She received additional funds from the Philadelphia JACL and the regional organization, the Eastern District Council.

This episode in American history is so little known that Teresa thought it should be exposed, especially in places beyond the West Coast. Thanks to Teresa's efforts, "Uprooted" will be at Friends Center in the first East Coast showing.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II

Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

"Uprooted" will be on view:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Admission is free.

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