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Southwestern Mission Research Center

Committed to promoting and fostering education, research and preservation relating to the Spanish Borderlands for over 50 years


The Southwestern Mission Research Center is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We’re committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. Our Kino Missions tours introduce people to the history and culture of the Pimería Alta, in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona. Proceeds from these tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education. Furthermore we engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities.


Explore our website to learn more about Spanish colonial missions. Most of all you will find out about the work of the Southwestern Mission Research Center.

Upcoming SMRC Mission Tours

Retrace the steps of Father Kino and the missionaries who followed him. You’ll be guided by scholars and enthusiasts who know and love the region. Most noteworthy they volunteer their time to share their knowledge of the Spanish borderlands missions with others.


In the News…

“San Xavier del Bac: Little-Known Lore from 1692 to Date”

Arizona Pathfinders Brown Bag meeting on October 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm, will feature a presentation on Mission San Xavier titled "San Xavier del Bac: Little-Known Lore from 1692 to Date. David Carter, designer/builder, will discuss many little-known facts about this...

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“An Evening in the Presidio District”

Enjoy "An Evening in the Presidio District" at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 5:00pm. This progressive dinner and fundraiser includes a tequila tasting, appetizer, and historic demonstrations at the Presidio Museum. Afterwards,...

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