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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…

Travels of the Santa Bárbara Presidio Chapel Bells

  Two particular Spanish colonial period bells from the Santa Bárbara Presidio Chapel have traveled many miles – about 11,000 miles, before they were finally returned to the chapel and installed in the newly rebuilt chapel bell tower in 2001. Where have these...

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Kino Declared Venerable

                     Father Eusebio Francisco Kino is moving closer to sainthood. On July 13, 2020, Pope Francis approved the 17th-century Jesuit priest as Venerable – two steps away from sainthood, recognizing in the process Kino’s life of “heroic virtue.” In the...

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