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!

Rea Zervas

In 1953, my father realized his dream of many years when we moved from Allentown, Pa., to South Florida. I can remember stepping off the train at the old Florida East Coast Railway station in downtown Miami in the middle of August. When the blast of heat hit me, all… Read More

Richard Levine

My father met and married my mother in 1929 and I arrived in 1930. Her mother came to Miami from Cleveland, OH, in 1923 to begin a new life. She opened a tropical fruit stand on the front porch of her coral rock house at Northeast 26th Street and Second… Read More

Richard McCormick

My mother was born in Tampa in 1895. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Punta Gorda. In 1898, there was an offer of free land for homesteading in Dade County. My grandfather and grandmother gathered their brood of six and started out in a horse and wagon. Their… Read More

Paul Alberts

My father George Alberts was a reserve officer in the United States Air Force. When he was called to active duty during World War II in 1943, some of his basic training took place on Miami Beach. This was to have a huge influence on the Alberts family 10 years… Read More

Richard Summerson

My grandparents, Adolf and Anna Hofman, were among the early settlers of Delray Beach, arriving there from Germany in 1895. The little town was named Linton. My grandfather was a pineapple farmer. My mother, Clara, was one of their three children. She moved to Miami in 1918 and lived in… Read More