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





Alvin Lee

My name is Alvin Lee, but my nephews call me Uncle Al, and my mom always called me Big Al growing up. I was born in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 25, 1966, and raised in a little sub-city called Richmond Heights. I have seven brothers and sisters. We were introduced… Read More

Rocky Jim, Jr.

My name is Rocky Jim Jr. and I was born in Miami on July 23, 1971. I grew up on the Miccosukee reservation in Miami for about 95 percent of my life. Around five years ago, I left because I needed a little change. Up until then, I was an… Read More

Fran Sokol Hertz

I was born in Jackson Memorial Hospital where my mother recalls laboring while Seminole Indian women squatted to deliver their babies. In the late 1940s through the ’60s, we lived in the Shenandoah neighborhood in a modest home where the police often patrolled around on horseback. We shopped at Katz’s… Read More

William Bennett, M.D.

In early 1941, Europe and Asia were at war and the threat of United States involvement was growing exponentially. Not to be deterred, the Bennett family (Mom, Dad and 5-year-old Billy) stuffed its belongings into a cream-colored 1937 Packard convertible and set sail for the land of coconut palms and… Read More

William Walton

Growing up in South Dade in the early years was a great time. I was born in 1923 at home in Redland. My father came to Florida from West Virginia in about 1917. My mother came from Massachusetts. My father tried tomato farming for about a year, and failed. He… Read More