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.


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




James Yoham

The Miami Herald Spelling Bee always brings back a rush of memories for me, memories of a spelling bee 75 years ago, when, in 1942, at age 15, I soared to the finals representing the Gesu School in downtown Miami, only to miss the word “metamorphosis,” resulting in a third-place… Read More

Sheila Young

We are all aware that Fidel Castro passed away on Nov. 25, 2016, over the Thanksgiving weekend. We may see photographs and videos of Fidel Castro for decades to come, but we will not see him any longer. I have seen news clips of Cuban-Americans dancing in the streets with… Read More

Symone Titania Major

I remember the summer night that challenged me to find peace within myself and serenity in my neighborhood. It was the summer of 2015, 2:00 a.m., Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly” was playing, and I was just getting off from working the night shift at the Worldwide Marriott call… Read More

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