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!

Sidney W. Eline, Jr.

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky in January 1944, what you would call a war baby. My mother and father were both born in Louisville and attended school in Louisville. They met at the old Anchorage High School and were married in 1941. My father became a pilot… Read More

Robert Silver

In February 1943, as an 18-year-old Army Air Corps recruit from Indianapolis, I found myself walking guard duty at night on the sands of Miami Beach armed only with a broom stick. I had been sent to Miami Beach for basic training, where instead of barracks, we lived in hotels… Read More

Sofia Cordova Barsimantov

Little did we know when Ben and I got married in Havana in 1958 and came to Miami for our honeymoon that this city would be our home for the rest of our lives. We spent two wonderful weeks in Miami Beach in a hotel named “Sands,” and visited… Read More

Ronni Litz Julien

Sheila Presser (Bronx born) and Norman Litz (a Philadelphian) both moved to Florida with their families in 1946. Sheila graduated from South Broward High School, named “The Wittiest” in her senior class. Norman graduated from Miami High, a left-handed star pitcher on the baseball team; he was also known as… Read More

Ruth Nowalk Schooley

I was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania and moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida, in June of 1940. Shortly after we moved to Ft. Pierce the Japanese attacked Hawaii and we entered WWII. Back then the newspapers were not allowed to print everything that was going on. There was a… Read More