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!

Amanda Keeley

My family moved to Kendall in the fall of 1975. Both from Ohio, my parents settled here with a pioneer spirit, building a home together in an old pine tree forest at a time when the area felt like it was at the edge of civilization. A reserve filled with… Read More

Ana M. Capetillo

I was born in Havana, Cuba on July 4th 1956, and came to Miami in January of 1962. For years I thought I came to Miami as part of the Freedom Flights, until I later discovered that those flights did not start until 1965. As young as I was, I… Read More

Andrew Haraldson

Miami and Dade County in the late 1970s and early 1980s had a different atmosphere and environment than they have today. Truth be told, I was a vastly different person then, too. In those days I was a full-time undergraduate student (living off-campus) at Barry College (which became a… Read More

Angela Renee’ Conti

Spanglish. I do not know when I first heard that word, but it pretty much summarizes how I feel about growing up in Miami during the 1970s and ‘80s. To me Spanglish is not just a mixing of English and Spanish; it is the mixing of two diverse cultures. It… Read More

Anita Bhuta-Dhairyawan

The year was 1973, the beginning of October, and for our Indian-origin family of five, the beginning of our new life. I had just turned 6 and my first memory of our new hometown was actually one of fear. Everything here looked so big and spread out. The city’s… Read More