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How Quakerism Began

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Quakers have a rich history dating back to England in the 1600s.

Where did Quakers come from?

Quakers have a rich and complex history. A great deal has been written about this history of Quakerism, so it's hard to quickly summarize it. We recommend this video as a brief introduction to the origins of Quakerism. If you wish to learn more please visit the Library of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting located at Friends Center. Volunteers will be happy to help introduce you to historical texts for Quakerism.