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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Carlos Pintado

Books & Books, Lincoln Road The image is other, it suffers. The season changing no sooner than it’s noticed. I was reading Paul Auster’s Invisible when you came around: there I was, seated, and the books, so many books, the smell of paper and ink and not much else. There… Read More

Campbell McGrath

Epilogue: 2016 Like prose does the term of our days extend to the margin of the page but it does not return, with a slap and a clang, in the manner of an old typewriter carriage, elementary mechanism of spring-bearing levers and bird-claw glyphs. Already I have journeyed more than… Read More

Judy Futerfas

A native Miamian, Irwin Futerfas was born nine months before the great hurricane of 1926. He was raised in Coconut Grove on Hibiscus Street and attended Coconut Grove Elementary School and Silver Bluff Junior High. When the family moved to Shenandoah, Irwin attended Shenandoah Junior High. Irwin’s family owned a… Read More

Eugene “Mercury” Morris

My name is Eugene Morris, but many know me as “Mercury.” I played running back for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 through 1975. I first came to Miami from West Texas State for the North-South Shrine game, which was played on Christmas Day 1968. When I flew down here, it… Read More

Carter Burrus

My parents were both in the United States Navy during World War II. They got together and lived in Virginia for a while. I was born and we moved to Miami when I was 3 years old. First, we lived in West Miami for a period of time. Two sisters… Read More