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!

Ian A. Moffett

I was born in Georgetown, Guyana, which is the only English-speaking country in South America. When I was 6 years old, my parents migrated to Toronto. I started school in Canada, and it was my second-grade teacher who was influential in my love of education at an early age. You… Read More

Phyllis Gelbard Walker

My parents sold their business in Washington, D.C. in 1951 and we came to Miami Beach for vacation. After a few weeks, they informed me they were not going back and this would be our new home. My dad bought a dry-cleaning/tailor shop on 15th Street off Washington Avenue, one… Read More

Alejandro Gonzalez-Mir

One sunny, mid-week afternoon, I arrived at home to family cars parked in the front yard. I did not have to dig for the house key in my bookbag. My father stood in front of the door as if shielding me from something. As I entered the house, I heard… Read More

Alex Mark Sturman

My name is Alex Sturman, and I am sharing with you a glimpse in the life that took place in the summer of 1957 when I was a nine year old in a family of six. We were living in Charleston, S.C., where I was born. My father was… Read More

Alexa Rossy

From Pogroms to Palm Trees: Rose Weiss, “The Mother of Miami Beach” How does it feel to be the granddaughter of a Pioneer Family In a word—unique! It would be a colossal understatement to say being born in Miami and growing up in Miami Beach has been spectacular,… Read More