History

Traditional Cuban meets Nuevo Cubano

Delve into how Little Havana traditions met Miami innovation to transform our city’s food scene.

/ April 26, 2021


Miami history: What was there before?

Everything changes, including some beloved childhood haunts. Take a trip through some treasured spots in Miami’s past, from bakeries, to bowling alleys, to a center for snakes.

/ April 23, 2021


How Cuban food became Miami food

In the first of this two part series, we’re exploring how the evolution of Cuban food in Miami is inextricably linked with the history of Miami’s Cuban culture.

/ April 19, 2021


From Nicaragua to Miami

Though often overshadowed, Nicaraguans make up one of the biggest Latino populations in the county. Discover the dramatic story of how and why so many escaped Nicaragua to build a thriving community in South Florida.

/ April 15, 2021


Hidden histories of Florida’s national parks

South Florida is the land of the strange, full of hidden mysteries. We’ve uncovered five lost tales about Florida’s national parks, from pirate treasure to a secret missile base.

/ March 16, 2021


A brief history of James Bond in Miami

The opening lines of Goldfinger (1959) by Ian Fleming are as follows: “James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him, sat in the final departure lounge of Miami Airport and though about life and death.”

We’ve all been there, James. We’ve all been there.

/ March 15, 2021


A curious fish tale from the Frost Museum of Science

Once upon a time, 80,000 years ago, a 12-foot fish ate a four-foot fish. Then disaster struck. Enter the Curious Vault to follow the journey of an incredible Matryoshka doll of fish fossils from the Kansas plains, to the Smithsonian, to its Miami home at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

/ March 12, 2021


Miami Women’s History: Five remarkable women in Miami history

March is Women’s History Month, and Miami is home to some truly historic women. From early resident Julia Tuttle, “the Mother of Miami,” to now, women have played important roles in shaping the politics, the environment, and the development of Miami. Take a few moments to know five remarkable women who shaped Miami history.

/ March 10, 2021


Shtetl by the Sea

Florida’s Jewish history stretches all the way back to 1565, with more than half a million Jews now calling South Florida home.

/ March 3, 2021


Miami Black History: Florida Memorial University

To end Black History Month, we’re taking a look at one of the most important chapters in Florida’s civil rights movement. St. Augustine was the center of civil rights upheaval in Florida, and the steadfast activism of students at Florida Memorial University fueled the state’s struggle toward justice. Today, FMU is South Florida’s only historically black university. Learn how the civil rights movement shaped the school and its students, and eventually caused the storied institution’s relocation to Miami.

/ February 27, 2021