Watch this short video of the new two-part exhibit Evicted and Nebraska Housing Stories at the Nebraska History Museum. 

Evicted originated from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and has been traveling across the country since June 2019. The exhibition introduces visitors to stories and statistics that help explain the causes and ramifications of chronic eviction. The Nebraska Stories focuses on the history of housing disparity, discrimination, and instability and contemporary action being taken to help prevent and alleviate eviction.



The book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” written by Matthew Desmond, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. 

For more information about the exhibit, contact sharon.kennedy@nebraska.gov or call 402-326-6893.



Eviction has become an issue that affects every community across the country. The National Building Museum worked with sociologist and author Matthew Desmond to create an exhibition based on his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sharing his research and the scale of the problem of eviction. Through an array of images and audio interviews, infographics and forward-thinking design, Evicted offers an immersive experience for understanding the crisis of low-income renter eviction, how it developed and how communities may respond. Working together, these elements amplify the stories of tenant families, as they explain in their own words and images the impact eviction has on them and their loved ones.

To accompany Evicted, the museum will feature Nebraska’s Housing Stories, highlighting historic examples of housing instability, displacement, and discrimination as well as affordable housing disparity and adequacy that exists across the entire state. Many of these examples can be less visible factors that contribute to the eviction crisis. Moreover, this supplemental exhibit highlights contemporary action being taken to address housing issues in Nebraska.

Visit Speak Up For Housing Rights to see how Lincoln, Nebraska is taking on the city’s eviction crisis together. 

Evicted is supported by a generous grant from the Avangrid Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the National Building Museum, where it was made possible by gifts from Amy Falls, Ford Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

Evicted is presented at the Nebraska History Museum with support from the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, Nebraska Housing Developers Association, and Woods Charitable Fund.

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