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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…

Patronato San Xavier Lecture: “Mission Period History”

The Friends of Patronato Lecture Series will be going online with its first lecture "Mission Period History," on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. This lecture will explore the early beginnings of the Mission at the village of Wa:k and introduce the early...

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SBTHP Creates New Digital Learning Center

Early Santa Barbara Virtual History Lessons produced by Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) staff and volunteers are now available on their website at These fun and educational five-minute digital lessons provide...

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