Coordinated by the University Archives, Miami Stories invites groups of people with common experiences -current and former students, faculty, and staff, as well as friends of the University- to offer recollections of their Miami years and to hear reminiscences of those who shared them. A University Bicentennial legacy project that began in 2005, Miami Stories are recorded and stored in digital video formats so that future generations may enjoy and study them, and scholars may have ready access to a variety of perspectives on Miami's past.
Project coordinators were Valerie Elliott and Jenny Presnell of the University Libraries. Working with an advisory committee of Library personnel and Miami faculty, and with the assistance of a program associate, they oversee the project, plan, schedule, and conduct interviews. In a story circle, a moderator facilitates a conversation in which participants discuss their Miami experiences.
At Reunion Weekend and throughout the year interview teams conducted story circles with diverse groups. These groups have included the Campus Owls dance band, fraternity members, the Hughes Society of 50-year alumni, Miami Student newspaper staff, the Alumni Band, Black Alumni, Educational Leadership alumni, McGuffey School faculty and alumni, and others.