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!

Paul Alberts

My father George Alberts was a reserve officer in the United States Air Force. When he was called to active duty during World War II in 1943, some of his basic training took place on Miami Beach. This was to have a huge influence on the Alberts family 10 years… Read More

Richard Summerson

My grandparents, Adolf and Anna Hofman, were among the early settlers of Delray Beach, arriving there from Germany in 1895. The little town was named Linton. My grandfather was a pineapple farmer. My mother, Clara, was one of their three children. She moved to Miami in 1918 and lived in… Read More

Paul Kelly

I guess my earliest memories are from the time of World War II, when I was aged 6 to 10, and all of Miami Beach was an OCS (Officer Candidate School) for the Army. Soldiers were marching in the streets, coming to our house for dinner, and training on the… Read More

Richard Waitkevicz

As a kid growing up in a small New England town, I remember people going on winter vacations to Miami. They always returned with stories about what a magical town Miami was – 70 degrees in January! The sunny snapshots always featured palm trees and other beautiful tropical plant life,… Read More

Pedro Fournier

I was born in Guantánamo in 1956. I moved to Havana as a teenager to study and ultimately graduated with a math degree. In 1994, I decided take a raft to the United States. I had to leave Cuba. I had no future there. I graduated from the University of… Read More