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


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

Geraldine Williams

Great Neck, Long Island Meets South Florida  My mother, Zada Wilchyk fell in love with Marvin E. Williams up north. How they met, fell in love and married in 1936, I never knew the details. They came south to start their family in West Palm Beach, FL where I… Read More

Madelin Oliveros-Cardin

La embajada del Perú fue el 4 de abril del 1980 y mi hija nació el 12 de Abril de 1980 , así que cuando nos llegó la salida por el Mariel el 17 de mayo, ella solo tenía 36 días de nacida. Cuando nos presentamos en el edificio de… Read More

Cherie Cancio

Like many Miamians of Cuban descent, I grew up very aware of my family’s history on the island. This year marked the 40th anniversary of their exodus. My grandmother, aunt, and father left Cuba on the Mariel boatlift of 1980, in which as many as 120,000 Cubans made a traumatic… Read More