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!

Nathalie Perez

As I stroll through Biscayne Boulevard I glance up to see La Torre de la Libertad, a former political asylum center for Cubans. Although the Freedom Tower no longer carries out its administrative function, it continues to serve as a beacon of welcome for all Cuban refugees, those of the… Read More

Neyda Borges

They call Miami “the Magic City,” which is fitting, because it’s always able to reinvent itself. I was born in Hialeah Hospital in 1981. History is full of eras, but this specific moment was the beginning of change, an almost traceable line of demarcation. My mother fled Cuba in… Read More

Nikki Moustaki

I reached to pull the yellow lever that would release our glider’s tether to the noisy silver crop duster that was towing us to 3,000 feet over Homestead at the edge of Florida’s Everglades. This lever — and the towrope that connected us to the plane — was our only… Read More

Norma Jean Abraham

My dad, Anthony Abraham, just turned 99 and lives in the same Coral Gables house he bought in 1952. I wasn’t even born yet, but my mom, dad and my three siblings — George (7), Marion (5) and Judy (3) left Chicago and arrived in Miami in 1950 along with… Read More

Norman Duncan

My father was a fisherman, as were his fathers, and since I followed in their footsteps, I am a fisherman, too. He fished the streams of Scotland as a boy and, when he came over to Orlando, he fished the freshwater lakes and Indian River, catching bass, trout and flounder. Read More