The monument is a 12 foot wide, 10 sided polygonal structure with 8 panels that are printed with text and images showing the life of Dr. Goddard, his wife Esther, and their contributions to the birth of the space age. The panels surround a 10 foot high stylized stainless steel rocket and launch gantry. The design reflects the association's desire for a monument that is both an elegant tribute to Dr. Goddard, and an educational resource for visitors to the site. The monument was designed by Joseph Miglionico, and the panels were researched and written by Barbara Berka of the Goddard Memorial Association. Text sources for the panels were: "The Papers of Robert H. Goddard," Goddard & Pandrey, McGraw Hill, 1970; "This High Man," Milton Lehman, Farrar Strauss & Co., 1963; The Telegram & Gazette; Goddard Collection Archives, Clark University; WPI Special Collections; NASA. Photos and diagrams were obtained with permission from Clark University, NASA and WPI. The panel layout and typography was done by Michael Hannigan, the monument was constructed by KayGee Signs and Graphics Company, Auburn, MA.
The Robert Goddard Monument was dedicated on May 12, 2006. Visit the monument and learn of Goddard's important contributions to the world. Discover that through Goddard's pioneering inventions Worcester is truly the Birthplace of the Space Age!