pjhsMuseum Hours: Open Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Contact Person: Jayne Zilber   757-930-2635


Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Business on the Peninsula”

Opening April 2015

If you have photos, ads or materials from a family business on the peninsula, please email Jayne Zilber


The Story of Selma Greenspun Harris’ Hatbox

Selma and Leonard Harris lived on River Road in Newport News, Virginia.  Their home was sold to Dave and Sherry Woodard..  Selma Harris’s colorful hat box from “J. Howard Hodge, Jr., New York with its fashionable hats from the 50”s and 60”s. remained in the garage of the home. When the Woodard’s moved to Port Warwick, they carried the colorful hat box and its contents with them.  In the spring of 2013, the Woodward’s moved to Florida and gave the hat box to Joanne Gordon, their neighbor.  Joanne, in turn, donated the hat box to the Peninsula Jewish Historical Society.

The Trustees loved the history of Selma Harris’ hat box   The PJHS archived the box’s history and  Donated the hats to the Williamsburg Players. Sandra Markoff, Trustee, left the hats with the Appreciative theatre group.



-Special Notice-

The Sports Exhibit which has been installed in the lobby of the JCC by the PJHS will soon be replaced by a new exhibit.
If you loaned any items for this sports exhibit, please call Jayne Zilber at 930-2635 to retrieve your memorabilia.
If you would like to donate the item for the PJHS archives, please let Jayne know.