Miami Stories

  • Ligia Houben

    I was born in Nicaragua. I lived there until I moved to Miami in 1979 when I was 19 years old. I moved with my daughter; she was almost 2 at the time. From the moment I moved to Miami I felt at home. My sisters were living here. The first time I came to Miami from Nicaragua, I was 5 years old and... Read More
  • Ian A. Moffett

    I was born in Georgetown, Guyana, which is the only English-speaking country in South America. When I was 6 years old, my parents migrated to Toronto... Read More
  • Sandy Schreier

    Michigan and Miami

    I became enamored with Miami in my early teens. Hearing that it was the “in” place to vacation and, as a 15 year old, wanting desperately to be “in... Read More
  • Ronni Litz Julien

    Sheila Presser (Bronx born) and Norman Litz (a Philadelphian) both moved to Florida with their families in 1946. Sheila graduated from South Broward High... Read More
  • Jack Dallas


    The Village of Biscayne Park was, during the ’50s and ’60s, a residential community of small neighborhoods squeezed between Miami Shores and North... Read More
  • Allen Lockshin

    Austin Texas

    In the winter of 1937, when I was 5 years old, my grandparents took an apartment in Miami Beach for the winter. The apartment was on the corner of Española... Read More
  • Jan Barnet

    The year was 1950. My parents, Bernice and Eddie Melniker came to Miami as my Dad had purchased the Coral Way Drive-In theater. They leased an apartment... Read More
  • Stan Schachne

    Davie, FL

    It was late 1959 when my parents decided to follow my mother’s sister and her husband down to South Florida from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where I was born... Read More
  • Carmen Marroquin


    On the plane ride from Panama to the United States, there was a short layover in Nicaragua. However, we were not allowed to deplane. I looked out the window... Read More
  • Alfred Katzin


    You can probably imagine my reaction as a 9-year-old from Winston-Salem, N.C. after seeing Miami Beach for the first time in 1947. My parents brought my... Read More

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