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Ralph Baer 100 Celebration

Join us for a community celebration of the centennial of inventor Ralph Baer's birth.  On Saturday May 21st at Arms Park Manchester followed by activities at the SEE Science Center.

The Arms Park event will feature speakers highlighting Ralph's impact on the world of video games and local innovation followed by the unveiling of a new plaque for the Ralph Baer statue.  

Beginning at 2:00 pm entry to the SEE Science Center entry will be free with additional event activities including family drop-in activities, speakers, and an artist meet and greet.

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Arms Park Program 12:00 pm -2:30pm

12:00 pm – 1 :00 pm Food Truck Social Hour

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Speakers, Presentations and Unveiling

  • BAE Sponsor Welcome Kerry Creeden, Director of Hardware Engineering
  • Lenny Herman, Author
  • Mayor Joyce Craig
  • Art Molella, Founding Director of the Lemelson Center, Smithsonian's American History Museum
  • Julie Demers, NH Tech Alliance – The Future of Tech in New Hampshire
  • Mark Baer, Ralph's Son
  • Plaque Unveiling with Heather McGrail, President and CEO Greater Manchester Chamber and Mark and James Baer, Ralph’s sons
  • Arm’s Park Stairs Sneak Peak with Jodie Nazka, Manchester Economic Development Director and James Chase, Artist

SEE Science Center 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Free entry for the public beginning at 2:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Family Drop-in activities
Pixel Art Making
Playdough Circuits

FIRST Robotics Team 6763 Fusion from Manchester School of Technology & Manchester MakerSpace will introduce visitors to robotics.

3:15 pm What does it mean to be an Innovator?
Arthur Daemmrich, Director of the Lemelson Center in the Smithsonian's American History Museum

3:45 pm Process of Innovation
Bob Pelovitz, Colleague of Ralph Baer

4:00 pm
Exhibit Closing reception for Video Game Art Exhibit and opportunity to speak with the artists.

Ralph Baer (1922- 2014) was an engineer and inventor with more than 150 patents.  His “brown box" controller became the original prototype for the first video game.  He was born to a Jewish family in Germany who fled to the U.S. in  1938. He later served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He began his engineering career in New York and moved to Manchester, NH in 1955 where he lived and worked for the remainder of his life.  He received many awards and honors throughout his career including the United States National Medal of Technology.  His workshop is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Learn about other Ralph Baer 100 events and how you can join and support the celebration.