Miami Stories

The Miami Stories initiative collects stories about Miami’s past, present, and future. Through this oral history project, HistoryMiami Museum documents life in the Magic City through both written submissions and audio recordings, which are preserved in the museum’s archive, and shared online and through local media outlets.

 


Your Story Matters

 

How did you or your family get to Miami?

When do you feel like a Miamian?

What would you miss if you left Miami?

What makes Miami, Miami?

What do you see for Miami’s future?


Click here to submit your story today!

 


 

Miami Stories Recording Booth

 

The Miami Stories Recording Booth allows the museum to capture audio stories at local events.

 

Record your story in the Miami Stories Recording Booth at one of these upcoming events:

– December 14 – 15, 2019: Redland Heritage Festival, Fruit & Spice Park

 

For more information about booking the Miami Stories Recording Booth, see the Recording Booth Information Sheet or contact us at miamistories@historymiami.org.

 

 


Explore the Miami Stories Archives

 

AUDIO STORIES

Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive

 

 

WRITTEN STORIES

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

Alina Diaz

Just like so many other Cuban-Americans, we came to Miami to escape the ravages of the Communist regime that had taken over our island-nation. We were lucky enough to still be able to come on a regularly scheduled Pan Am flight. My parents obtained their visas to leave Cuba… Read More

Alina Garrido

I remember vividly the days that led to my coming to Miami from Cuba. I was only 9 years old and turmoil, to say the least, was at hand. We were leaving my country for a short period of time. No one in my family thought it was forever. But… 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