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By Kate Aiken
$6,533 pledged of $10,000 goal
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

The Baer Bench

In the summer of 2018, there will be a new attraction in Manchester and we need your help to build it. That's what Kickstarter is all about - collecting as a community to bring creative projects to life. 

We are building a commemorative bench on the Riverwalk in the Millyard for the “Father of the Video Game”, Ralph Baer.

Ralph’s passion for Manchester and advancing technology lives beyond his years in the development of our city and his story should be displayed to inspire others. Let's build a place to celebrate that and the future of our city together.

The Concept

A small brick square nestled on the river walk featuring a bench and the likeness of Ralph Baer sitting with his signature brown box.

Execution  

Baer's son, Mark is working with the Hitchcock family and John Clayton of the Manchester Historical Association to execute the project. The group is currently raising funding to support the venture in addition to the $10,000 raised here which will cover the expense of the new bricks and foundation on site.

Project Goals

  • To preserve and celebrate the memory of Ralph Baer, the “Father of the Video Game”.
  • To foster a community of tech-oriented innovators and to inspire youth.
  • To drive community traffic to the Millyard river walk and Millyard Museum.

Aspects

  • brick plaza with plaque and bench
  • bench to include a bronze statue of Ralph Baer holding his signature brown box

Location

The edge of Manchester, NH's Arms Park on the end of Stark St facing the water and in front of the Millyard.

Additional Support

Dan Berube has been working to secure funding for the project from the Manchester Arts Commission. 

Risks and challenges

This project requires full cooperation from the city to achieve completion. We ask for the support of our elected leaders to promote placemaking and arts in our city and pledge to put a future maintenance fund in place.

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    Wear Your Digital Badge Proud

    Receive a digital badge for your donation.

    As a digital keepsake of the man who made digital gaming a reality for all of us, you will receive an image to keep or share indicating you donated to the commemorative project.

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    A Commitment Written in Stone

    Secure a brick, engraved with your name, to be placed in the commemorative square upon completion. Your donation will be a long-standing symbol of you or your family's commitment to growth in Manchester and support of those who helped build the technology we love.

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    Party like it's 1972

    Celebrate the completion of the project you helped make possible and receive a ticket for you and a guest to the VIP "sneak peak" unveiling event in addition to an engraved brick in the square. See some of Baer's original pieces, hear from his son and play some modern video games with your friends in the community.

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    "Baer Benefactor" Status

    Have your name engraved on a prominent plaque within the square to show your commitment to our cause.

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