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!

Vivianne Gonzalez

Like every other night, I sit by my window to finish my homework, but tonight the light of the full moon distracted me. It was a beautiful night, but I could only see the full white moon, not the stars. Then I started to remember a time during my childhood… Read More

Taffy Gould

Growing up in Miami Shores in the 1940s was an experience almost unimaginable today. Mothers were at home when we returned from school — having volunteered in the earlier part of the day — and fathers took their children to the Community House on weekends to shoot baskets or play… Read More

Thomas J. Lee Smith, Jr.

In 1937, when I was nine months old, my parents, Thomas J. Lee Smith and Lila Smith moved from Tampa to Homestead, Florida so my Dad could pursue a sales position with Kilgore Seed Company. My dad was orphaned at a young age, so settling into an old wood-framed… Read More

Stan Adelman

My family moved to Miami from Philadelphia in August 1959 as I was nearing my 6th birthday. My father, Nate Adelman, owned a successful furniture store in Philly and at the ripe old age of 40 decided to hire someone to run the business for him while we would live… Read More

Stan Schachne

It was late 1959 when my parents decided to follow my mother’s sister and her husband down to South Florida from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where I was born a year earlier. We settled in North Miami on 200th Street. My older sister, Susie, and I attended the Little Red School House… Read More