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.


Record your story in the Miami Stories Recording Booth at one of these upcoming events:

– December 14 – 15, 2019: Redland Heritage Festival, Fruit & Spice Park


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




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

Young Miami poets

April is National Poetry Month. In South Florida, that means the month-long annual O, Miami Poetry Festival. As part of the festival, students from all over took part in programs that encouraged them to write and share their own poetry. This week’s Miami Stories will feature poems from some of… Read More

Zilia Laje

Vivid memories of Miami in early 60s I arrived in Miami with my mother on Friday, July 7, 1961 a little before 7 p.m. I consider myself Miamian, Dade-ian, South Floridian, Southeastern, all of those demonyms. Bus fare was 20 cents. Newspapers were on wire racks at sidewalk curbs on… Read More