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 written stories, video submissions, and audio recordings, which are preserved in the museum’s archive, and shared online and through local media outlets.


Your Story Matters

HistoryMiami Museum accepts written stories and video submissions on a rolling basis. We welcome written stories between 500-1,000 words and video stories under 5 minutes about life in Miami. We encourage storytellers to submit a photo with their written story. To submit a written story, complete the Miami Stories Submission Form. To submit a video story, click on the video story link.

 

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!
or
Click here to create a video and share on social media

 


Mariel Stories

In collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries and as a part of the program El efecto Mariel: Before, During, and After, HistoryMiami Museum is collecting stories related to the Mariel boatlift of 1980. Members of the community are encouraged to share their personal  memories, stories, and reflections related to Mariel. Stories will be collected virtually on a rolling basis and a series of prompts give participants ideas from where they can begin their story. Submitted stories will become part of the permanent collections of the HistoryMiami Museum and Cuban Heritage Collection and featured on both online platforms.

Learn more and share your Mariel Story

 


 

Miami Stories Recording Booth

 

 

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

 

For more information about booking the Miami Stories Recording Booth, see the Recording Booth Information Sheet or contact us at miamistories@historymiami.org.

 

 

 


Explore the Miami Stories Archives

 

VIDEO STORIES

Submit your video story

 

Click here to watch these videos with closed captioning.

10 Days of Connection Online Exhibit

As part of the 2020 10 Days of Connection, HistoryMiami Museum invited South Florida residents to share a story about an item that reflects an aspect of their cultural identity and build a community exhibit. We continue to collect these stories and invite you to share yours. Either by yourself or accompanied by your loved ones, submit a video explaining how this object represents your cultural identity. Feel free to submit your story in the language of your choice.

 

AUDIO STORIES

Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive

 

 

WRITTEN STORIES

Julie Gittelson

“Look, Mom! I’m a princess!” I used to yell from the inside of a tree that stood the height of a two-story house in the heart of Coral Gables, close to my childhood home, the one my parents still live in today. The tree stood on a triangular patch… Read More

Tim Swain

There was a lot happening in Miami in the middle and late1920s when my father, Tom, and my mother, Ruth, as newlyweds, came across the Tamiami Trail from Fort Myers. My father, nicknamed “Doc,” had been in the lumber business in Fort Myers as a young man and left… Read More

Elisa Albo

How to Make a Raft You will need the following items: canvas, tractor tire inner tubes, twine, wire, sawed off oil barrels, wooden planks, nails, cut up branches, a back door, a compass, the end of a rope, a final straw, to have… Read More

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Buenos días, Miami Everything here is from somewhere else: the coffee, the milk, the woman bending over her lunch; the fresh-cut gold of mango running between her fingers; even the ocean gathering itself and its children from the streets paved with palm fronds and heat. The turtles are not… Read More

Sandra M. Castillo

Pizza I sit in East Hialeah, a white, leather-top stool at Mr. Bee’s Pizza, a leftover outdoor ‘50s soda shop just off Palm Avenue. These are out days with Father, and this is his favorite spot. Mabel and Mitzy shift their weight… Read More