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!

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

Aleyda Martinez Novotny

“Tey, mire esos hombres con esos sombreros tan chistosos. … Tey, yo quiero ir ahi.” “Tey,” I said to my grandmother. “Look at those men wearing funny hats. … I want to go over there,” I excitedly pleaded. “Please, take me over there, please, pretty please, I want to see… Read More

Alfred Katzin

You can probably imagine my reaction as a 9-year-old from Winston-Salem, N.C. after seeing Miami Beach for the first time in 1947. My parents brought my younger brother and me down from North Carolina to escape a polio epidemic running through the South that summer. Miami Beach was the first… Read More

W. Robert Smith, III

My maternal great-grandfather’s brother, John Tatem Wofford, homesteaded in Hallandale in the late 1800s when it was still a part of Dade County. Early in the 20th Century, he and his family moved to the wilderness of what became Miami Beach to construct one of the Beach’s first hotels, the… Read More