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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Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive




Arielle Brimacombe

This story was collected as a part of the 2020 Collecting Initiative Was it Worth It? By Arielle Brimacombe The following is a post I made on my Facebook account reflecting on working in the Covid-19 units for approximately 5 months straight, from late March to early September at… Read More

Irene Sperber

This story was collected as a part of the 2020 Collecting Initiative Thoughts on Thoughts by Irene Sperber I was doing just fine, I thought. But I see a few cracks in my fine-ness. Normal always had a sliding scale meaning. I don’t know why we bother with it… Read More

Alma Patricia Dietz

This story was collected as a part of the 2020 Collecting Initiative I took this picture outside of Memorial Regional Hospital. On this day, I had taken my mom to this hospital thinking she had the coronavirus. She was experiencing pneumonia but no fever. It was such a scary… Read More

Rosa Lara Matos

En mayo de 1980, contando con apenas 15 años de edad perturbada, agobiada y bastante confundida en ese momento, me emprendí en lo que yo pensaba en aquel momento una aventura. Era un viaje de ida y regreso del que sin saber, me marcó un destino sin regreso a mi… Read More

Lynda Killingsworth

A Miami Story by Lynda Grant Killingsworth in honor of all Americans on this anniversary of Pearl Harbor. A letter home from James Whitfield Grant dated Saturday, Sept 22, 1945 written in Tokyo Bay. — Dear Mom, Well, her’is the bad news-We have been detached from the Third fleet and… Read More