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
or
Click here to create a video story


 

Explore the Miami Stories Archives

VIDEO STORIES

Submit your video story

 

 

 

Collect video testimonials with Boast

Click here to watch these videos with closed captioning.

 

 

AUDIO STORIES

Click here to access the Miami Stories Audio Archive

 

 

WRITTEN STORIES

Gerry Smith

I was born in Coral Gables Hospital on Douglas Road. As a young girl, I remember Douglas as being a horrible road filled with bumps and holes. The problem was that Douglas Road was the dividing line between Coral Gables and Miami. Neither city wanted to repair “their half of… Read More

Tom Harrington

It was 1936 at the tender age of 6 that I was introduced to Miami on a family vacation to Miami Beach. Our hotel was on Ocean Drive overlooking the swaying palm trees and the ocean beyond. It was love at first sight. Little did I realize this beautiful place… Read More

Kelly Welsh

My grandfather, Harold Griffin, moved to the magic city in 1925 and he left on the heels of the 1926 hurricane. His recollections of his time planted the seeds that would inspire my parents to begin a new branch of our family tree on the island paradise of Key Biscayne. Read More

Mark Stevens

The MapQuest website ranks Hialeah as “the densest American city in terms of population not to feature a skyscraper,” and WalletHub rates it as 96th on its list of the hundred best and worst U.S. cities for an active lifestyle. But when I was a kid growing up there during… Read More

Heidi L. Anthony

I started working at Miami International Airport in 1988. My mind was young and impressionable and clueless. I was a public service assistant and I was to provide information to the many lost people who happened upon my information counter located in the heart of the airport. Every day, thousands… Read More