Helena Bäckman, a prominent member of the Women’s Missionary Society, was born on September 4, 1863. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hooger, who were pioneer settlers in Swedona, Illinois. Helena married C. A. Bäckman in October 1883, and moved with him to Ishpeming, Michigan. After moving again to Galesburg, Illinois in 1885, Helena taught parochial school in First Lutheran Church. She was also the superintendent of the primary department in Sunday school. When her husband died in 1888, Helena was left to care for her three children, Carl E., Olga Peterson, and Lillian Hamerstrom. She became a leader in the Augustana Synod’s Women’s Missionary Society, and remained in key positions in the organization until she retired in 1945 at the age of 85. Helena died on June 30, 1950. Materials in this collection include invitations, newsletters, convention programs, news clippings, Helena’s obituary in an Augustana Lutheran newsletter, a photograph of her, and an account of her father’s journey to California in 1852 for the Gold Rush. The materials are in both English and Swedish.