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





Kit Pancoast Nagamura

The air was, by season, fragrant with tiny white citrus blossoms; or pungent with fallen mangos, swollen with grey squalls; or heavy with the stink of seaweed that floated in from Biscayne Bay and stagnated in the canal. I woke into a world where rain thrummed on the fans of… Read More

Enid Pinkney

My immediate family consisted of my mother, father, three brothers and two sisters. My father, Bishop Henry Curtis, came to Miami in 1910 from Port Howe, Cat Island, Bahamas. My father had been a farmer in the Bahamas. Since he had no land to farm in Miami, he used his… Read More

Liz Rebecca Alarcon

“En San Jose, Nohemí Alarcón, Noticias 14.” I wouldn’t go to sleep until I heard those words. That was Moder’s signature signoff. Moder was my nickname for her, if you were to pronounce the word “mother” with a Hispanic accent. I was her biggest fan! She was a reporter at Univision’s local affiliate in… Read More

Brian Johnson

I was born on Nov. 5, 1956, in Long Island, New York, to a family of seven kids. My dad is an ex-New York Giant and ex-military from West Point. We came down to Miami originally in 1975. My first job was at the Castaways as a bellhop. It was… Read More

Rene Gueits

I was born in Miami in 1966 and raised in Hialeah. When I got older I moved down to Kendall, where I live now. My mother and my father came from Cuba when they were young, 8 and 12 years old. They were born in Cuba but their parents were… Read More