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!

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

Steven Shere

My father was a traveling salesman for my grandfather’s haberdashery business, Dixie Company, which manufactured white suits for the poor to buy on layaway in the rural areas of the deep South. He would be more centrally located out of a base in Florida, so my parents, baby sister and… Read More

Sylvia Pedraza

My name is Sylvia Pedraza and I was born in Raymondville, Texas. My mother was born and raised in Mercedes, Texas; my whole family has lived in Texas for generations. When I was about 6, my mother decided to follow the fruit and vegetable crop, and we worked in the… Read More

Stuart Newman

In 1925, my parents and I disembarked in Miami after a three-day train trip from Chicago, and went to stay at a cottage surrounded by a grapefruit grove that belonged to my mother’s aunt. I was three years old, and it marked the beginning of my nearly nine-decade-long adventure in… Read More

T. Willard Fair

I was born in 1939 in Winston-Salem, N.C. I’m the last of eight children. I was born to John Fair and Mary Lou Fair. People ask me about the name “Talmadge,” which is an unusual name for me to have. The day I was born, I came home and the… Read More