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!

Veronica Diaz

Let’s set the scene: It’s early 2004, and my mother is taking my younger sister and me to go watch Cats: The Musical at what was then known as Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach. At 12, the only prior experience I ever had with anything related to theater was… Read More

Suzy Cohen Liptak Blocker

In November 1967, after my girlfriend and I became registered nurses, we moved from Wisconsin to Miami Beach. This was a goal we had dreamed of since high school. We lived at the Castaways Motel in Sunny Isles Beach until we secured our first jobs at Miami Beach’s Mt. Sinai… Read More

Victoria A. Bassil

I’ve spent my entire life in South Florida and after celebrating my 80th birthday I’m sharing my story. My father Danny came from Greece to Miami before the 1926 hurricane hit. He joined his sister Mary Hatzopoulos and her family. By 1929 he saved enough money to return to Greece… Read More

Sherry Boberman

My memories of Miami begin 34 years ago in 1980 when I came here for the first time for a nursing internship at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. I had completed three years of nursing school at the University of Pittsburgh and came to Miami with a classmate for the summer. Read More

Rob Boyte

Being raised in St. Louis, Miami was always that exotic place I read about. I never really thought I’d be living here. On a trip back from Central America in 1975, my partner Jim Hewitt and I landed in Miami in February. We didn’t want to face winter up… Read More