A prominent figure in Buffalo's progressive movement, Harriet A. Townsend founded
the Women's Educational
and Industrial Union of Buffalo in 1884. The organization was dedicated
to promoting "the material, moral and intellectual welfare of the women of our
city," and did so with lectures, classes and vocational training at the original
Townsend Hall on Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.
Illustration source: "Views of Buffalo," Pub. Exclusively for S. H. Knox. Portland, Maine: L. H. Nelson Co. p 16