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Celebrating the Father of Video Games

Published Friday May 13, 2022

Celebrating the Father of Video Games

On May 21st a community celebration of the legacy of Ralph Baer will be held at Arms Park in Manchester beginning at 1pm followed by activities at the SEE Science Center beginning at 2:30 p.m. This celebration is hosted by the SEE Science Center and is presented by BAE Systems and supported by XMA powered by Omni Spectra and Skymap.  

2022 marks the centennial year of inventor Ralph Baer’s birth. Considered the father of video games, he has more than 150 patents to his credit, spent the majority of his career in New Hampshire and called Manchester his home for nearly 60 years. 

The Arms Park event will feature speakers highlighting Ralph's impact on the world of video games while celebrating local innovation.  There will be an unveiling of a new plaque for the Ralph Baer statue and a sneak peak of upcoming additions to Arms Park.  Food trucks will be at the park from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm prior to the start of the event.  Speakers to include Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Art Molella, Founding Director of the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian American History Museum, Mark Baer, Ralph’s Son, Jodie Nazka Manchester Economic Development Director and more.  

Beginning at 2 p.m. entry to SEE Science Center will be free with family drop-in activities and speakers. There will also be an artist meet and greet at the closing of the Video Game Art exhibit currently on display at SEE. 

A full schedule is available on the SEE Science Center website

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