Miami Stories

The Miami Stories initiative collects stories about Miami’s past, present, and future. Through this oral history project, HistoryMiami Museum documents life in the Magic City through both written submissions and audio recordings, which are preserved in the museum’s archive, and shared online and through local media outlets.



Your Story Matters


How did you or your family get to Miami?

When do you feel like a Miamian?

What would you miss if you left Miami?

What makes Miami, Miami?

What do you see for Miami’s future?

Click here to submit your story today!



Miami Stories Recording Booth


The Miami Stories Recording Booth allows the museum to capture audio stories at local events.


Join us at these upcoming programs to record your story in the Miami Stories Recording Booth!

–   August 31, 2019, HistoryMiami Museum


For more information about booking the Miami Stories Recording Booth, see the Recording Booth Information Sheet or contact us at





Explore the Miami Stories Archives



Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive





Jan Becker

On my first visit to Miami, my host told me it’s a good place to write. I’m glad I listened and moved here. That trip included a stop at the Freedom Tower. I recognized its architecture from a trip to Spain, where I climbed to the top of… Read More

Timothy F. Schmand

The first World Aids Day was held in 1988, but we were hard into the epidemic during my time on Miami’s North Bayshore Drive. From 1983 through 1987, I lived in an old mansion broken up into five apartments. The wood-burning fireplace in my bedroom, the kitchen large enough for… Read More

Jaime Deitsch

I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up there. I always wanted to travel and meet a diverse group of people, and working with Carnival has helped me do that. I started in 2007 as part of the entertainment staff, and then assistant cruise director, and now cruise director. Read More

Charity Holmes

Miami has not always had a strong background in my family’s history, but we have begun to make it our home. Our story begins with my father, Bennie Holmes, who was born and raised in Miami but has few stories to tell about the experience. It seems many of his… Read More

Leticia Parrilla

Miami is everyone’s home. Miami is a place with diverse cultures all in one area. Miami is my home and my family’s home. Miami mostly has Hispanics and people from the Caribbean but there’s a mix of everything here in Miami. I’ve lived here all of my life. I was… Read More