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!

Kit Pancoast Nagamura

The air was, by season, fragrant with tiny white citrus blossoms; or pungent with fallen mangos, swollen with grey squalls; or heavy with the stink of seaweed that floated in from Biscayne Bay and stagnated in the canal. I woke into a world where rain thrummed on the fans of… Read More

Enid Pinkney

My immediate family consisted of my mother, father, three brothers and two sisters. My father, Bishop Henry Curtis, came to Miami in 1910 from Port Howe, Cat Island, Bahamas. My father had been a farmer in the Bahamas. Since he had no land to farm in Miami, he used his… Read More

Liz Rebecca Alarcon

“En San Jose, Nohemí Alarcón, Noticias 14.” I wouldn’t go to sleep until I heard those words. That was Moder’s signature signoff. Moder was my nickname for her, if you were to pronounce the word “mother” with a Hispanic accent. I was her biggest fan! She was a reporter at Univision’s local affiliate in… Read More

Brian Johnson

I was born on Nov. 5, 1956, in Long Island, New York, to a family of seven kids. My dad is an ex-New York Giant and ex-military from West Point. We came down to Miami originally in 1975. My first job was at the Castaways as a bellhop. It was… Read More

Rene Gueits

I was born in Miami in 1966 and raised in Hialeah. When I got older I moved down to Kendall, where I live now. My mother and my father came from Cuba when they were young, 8 and 12 years old. They were born in Cuba but their parents were… Read More