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.


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




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

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