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?

Click here to submit your written story


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


Julie Gittelson

“Look, Mom! I’m a princess!” I used to yell from the inside of a tree that stood the height of a two-story house in the heart of Coral Gables, close to my childhood home, the one my parents still live in today. The tree stood on a triangular patch of… Read More

Tim Swain

There was a lot happening in Miami in the middle and late1920s when my father, Tom, and my mother, Ruth, as newlyweds, came across the Tamiami Trail from Fort Myers. My father, nicknamed “Doc,” had been in the lumber business in Fort Myers as a young man and left for… Read More

Elisa Albo

How to Make a Raft You will need the following items: canvas, tractor tire inner tubes, twine, wire, sawed off oil barrels, wooden planks, nails, cut up branches, a back door, a compass, the end of a rope, a final straw, to have had it up to here. Aspirin, some honey,… Read More

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Buenos días, Miami Everything here is from somewhere else: the coffee, the milk, the woman bending over her lunch; the fresh-cut gold of mango running between her fingers; even the ocean gathering itself and its children from the streets paved with palm fronds and heat. The turtles are not from… Read More

Sandra M. Castillo

Pizza I sit in East Hialeah, a white, leather-top stool at Mr. Bee’s Pizza, a leftover outdoor ‘50s soda shop just off Palm Avenue. These are out days with Father, and this is his favorite spot. Mabel and Mitzy shift their weight to their feet, push into a spin. Father… Read More