This article by Bill Hahn, the Society’s Public Relations Director, appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:
It was 57 years ago at the Indianapolis home of Miss Marguerite Dice when businessman Robert Welch began his marathon two-day lecture that launched The John Birch Society. There were 11 friends and business associates present and they listened intently as the philosopher-historian and great lover of America told them during 17 hours why they should join with him in an organization designed to preserve the American dream. Most agreed on the spot to be the Society’s first members and the organization was born on December 9, 1958.
A child prodigy who had read a nine-volume history of the world at age seven and asked for more, Welch was