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.


Join us at these upcoming programs to record your story in the Miami Stories Recording Booth!

–   August 31, 2019, HistoryMiami Museum


For more information about booking the Miami Stories Recording Booth, see the Recording Booth Information Sheet or contact us at





Explore the Miami Stories Archives



Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive





Aundrella Bunyan Hamed

My Miami story begins in the late 1940s with my birth at Christian Hospital in Overtown. Six years later, my identical twin brothers were born at Mount Sinai Hospital. Things do change. The twins have always called me “Doll.” They couldn’t pronounce my name. Since I had so many dolls,… Read More

Gerry Falconer

I was born in New Jersey in the wonderful year of 1958. I was raised in Jersey City, and there on the Jersey shore is where my child-rearing and life-saving career began. I was in New Jersey through my formative years in high school and going to college. During the… Read More

Nanci Mitchell

This story was transcribed from an interview during the opening night of HistoryMiami Museum’s ‘Hurricane Andrew: 25 Years Later’ exhibit. It was recorded in the Miami Stories booth, a partnership between WLRN and the HistoryMiami Museum. I grew up in Miami so I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes. I… Read More

Lance Scott O’Brian

I’m Lance Scott O’Brian and I was born at North Miami General, which no longer exists. I grew up in Coconut Grove and South Miami. I’m a hippie baby who grew up with a hippie mom. Mom didn’t have it easy. Dad died when I was almost 5. I was… Read More

Judith Rutkin

I was born at Victoria Hospital in Miami, which is still there. When I was a kid in the 1930s we didn’t wear shoes, no matter how hot the streets were. I think the bottoms of our feet turned into something else. We would race from one patch of grass… Read More