Miami Stories

Established in 2009, 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 written stories, video submissions, and audio recordings, which are preserved in the museum’s archive, and shared online and through local media outlets.

Your Story Matters

HistoryMiami Museum accepts written stories and video submissions on a rolling basis. We welcome written stories between 500-1,000 words and video stories under 5 minutes about life in Miami. We encourage storytellers to submit a photo with their written story. To submit a written story, complete the Miami Stories Submission Form. To submit a video story, click on the video story link.  

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?

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Click here to create a video story

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Submit your video story

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Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive


Maria Rosa Collazo

VersaillesLa patria es esenciadel sentir humano,es la que nos hacesentirnos hermanos.La que nos arrancaun “sí” de nostalgia,por la que exhalamossuspiros profundos,por la que lloramostendido y profuso,por la que reímoscon sentir del alma.La patria… Read More

Astrid Castedo Smit

Versailles Restaurant has been the epicenter of the Cuban exile community in South Florida for 50 years, but on a personal level it was also a very significant place for my late husband’s career as a sculptor. His name was Marc Andries Smit and his first commercial piece was purchased… Read More

Jose Sagarribay

Some of my most valued memories as a child is that, as a family, we would go and visit to have lunch at Versailles after church on Sundays. I was always dazzled by the mirrors and obviously the great food. Boliche being my favorite. To this day, I… Read More

Erin Cullen Valdes

When Versailles Restaurant opened in 1971, I was ten years old. As an American who was born and raised in Miami, I had never experienced Cuban cuisine. I will never forget the day my father came home from work and said we were going out to dinner at a Cuban… Read More

Daniel Pedreira

While I have many memories of visits to Versailles, one of them particularly stands out. In the Spring of 2002, I was a Senior at Coral Gables Senior High School, and my high school prom was celebrated on a Saturday evening in April. The prom itself took place at the… Read More