Miami Stories

Do you have a Miami Story to tell? Miami Stories is a program that allows current and former Miami-Dade County residents to share their unique Miami-related experiences. The project’s mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate personal accounts of these experiences as a way to illuminate the past and enlighten the future.

Submitted stories are archived at HistoryMiami, and may be published online and in the “Neighbors” section of Sunday’s Miami Herald. Select stories may also be published in el Nuevo Herald or broadcast on radio at WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Submit your story today!

Suzy Battle

I was born in 1968 in Coral Gables. I have a twin brother and we were the biggest twins born in Doctor’s Hospital ever. We moved to Kendall and I still live in the 10-block radius where I grew up. I had been a banker for 20 years but in… Read More

Armando Mendez

On Christmas Day, 1961, I lost my innocence. Instead of waking up to presents given by loving parents, family and friends, I received goodbyes from aunts, uncles, cousins, school friends, my dog, my town, my school, my parents and my grandmother. In my suitcase, I packed my memories. Would I… Read More

James Yoham

The Miami Herald Spelling Bee always brings back a rush of memories for me, memories of a spelling bee 75 years ago, when, in 1942, at age 15, I soared to the finals representing the Gesu School in downtown Miami, only to miss the word “metamorphosis,” resulting in a third-place… Read More

Sheila Young

We are all aware that Fidel Castro passed away on Nov. 25, 2016, over the Thanksgiving weekend. We may see photographs and videos of Fidel Castro for decades to come, but we will not see him any longer. I have seen news clips of Cuban-Americans dancing in the streets with… Read More

Symone Titania Major

I remember the summer night that challenged me to find peace within myself and serenity in my neighborhood. It was the summer of 2015, 2:00 a.m., Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly” was playing, and I was just getting off from working the night shift at the Worldwide Marriott call… Read More