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 access the Miami Stories Audio Archive




Angela Renee’ Conti

Spanglish. I do not know when I first heard that word, but it pretty much summarizes how I feel about growing up in Miami during the 1970s and ‘80s. To me Spanglish is not just a mixing of English and Spanish; it is the mixing of two diverse cultures. It… Read More

Anita Bhuta-Dhairyawan

The year was 1973, the beginning of October, and for our Indian-origin family of five, the beginning of our new life. I had just turned 6 and my first memory of our new hometown was actually one of fear. Everything here looked so big and spread out. The city’s bright… Read More

Ann-Lynn Denker

Yes, I am a Miami native, born in 1951 at St. Francis Hospital on Miami Beach. My dad was in dental school at St. Louis University and my parents came home so I would be born in Miami. My dad Jerry Denker a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., attended Miami Beach… Read More

Annita DeWitt Middleton

My family came to Miami from Holland after World War II. My father had first visited the United States during his youth while working for the Holland America Cruise line. He knew the United States was the land of milk and honey. So after the war, in April 1947, my… Read More

Aristotle Ares

I was born in a wood frame building on Miami Beach in 1924. My parents were Greeks, born in Turkey. My father’s parents raised silkworms that were sold to the local factories in Bursa. A wealthy Turkish merchant in the silkworm industry who did business with my grandparents, made frequent… Read More