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!

Oscar Fuentes

It was the summer of 2003; I was living in a very old and ugly apartment building between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 2nd Avenue, off of 33rd Street. I had a bitter, mentally unstable landlord that walked around with a concealed weapon. I had a part-time gig at the… Read More

Michael Suman

I played for the Miami Heat for their first three seasons. Yet not one Heat fan knows my name, although they may recognize my face. It was spring of 1988, and I was the music director on Norwegian Cruise Line’s MS Southward. I have been a newspaper junkie since… Read More

Mike Fernandez

On Christmas Eve in 1964, in the midst of revolutionary activity in Cuba, my family and I were expelled from our rural Cuban town without any warning or money.? Suddenly, we all were on a new trajectory of unforeseen challenges, opportunities and lessons. ? I arrived in South Florida in… Read More

Mimi Tormey

In 1894 or 1895, my great-grandparents, Arthur and Alice Sturgis, along with their six children, boarded a train in Muskegon, Mich., and headed for Miami. The train was delayed near Delray Beach because of an outbreak of diphtheria. Once they were allowed to continue on their trip, they boarded a… Read More

Miriam Houghton Gautier

World War II was over, but not for my father, U.S. Navy Commander Charlie Houghton. There was one more job for him. He was placed in charge of decommissioning and restoring the hotels on Miami Beach that the Navy had used. During that time, my father worked with two of… Read More