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!

Sara B. Leviten

My parents, Sam and Esther Leviten, and my brother, Eddie, came to Miami from Chicago, in the summer of 1946, because my father had hay fever. They moved to the Shenandoah area in the city of Miami. I was born on December 8, 1947. My father worked for different companies,… Read More

Seth Bramson

It was terribly hot that summer 63-plus years ago in New York, and Mom and Dad decided, after years of winter vacations in Florida, that they would move to Miami Beach. Dad used to talk about how there were no motels then, only motor courts and cabins, all of which… Read More

Sherry Boberman

My memories of Miami begin 34 years ago in 1980 when I came here for the first time for a nursing internship at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. I had completed three years of nursing school at the University of Pittsburgh and came to Miami with a classmate for the summer. Read More

Rob Boyte

Being raised in St. Louis, Miami was always that exotic place I read about. I never really thought I’d be living here. On a trip back from Central America in 1975, my partner Jim Hewitt and I landed in Miami in February. We didn’t want to face winter up… Read More

Sid Kaskey

It is unfortunate that nostalgia comes later in life. Having it when memories are fresh might make one more appreciative of what is being lived. I speak of this because of a recent incident that sparked my memories of growing up in the late 1950s through the 1960s in Dade… Read More