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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…

Tucson’s Birthday Fiesta!

Celebrate Tucson's 244th Birthday at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. This is a free event from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. with entertainment, activities, birthday cake, and a canon firing at 7:00 p.m. The presidio is located at 196 N. Court Ave....

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Counter-Narrative Lecture Series: “Warrior Women”

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will host their quarterly Counter-Narrative lecture series on August 21, 2019, focusing on women warriors. The will discuss the place, power, and effects of women during wartime, from the Pueblo revolt through today. There is a $10...

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Book Club Discussion: “Indian Uprising on the Rio Grande”

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will hold their monthly book club discussion on August 13, 2019 from 2-4 pm and again at 6-8 pm. This month's featured book - "Indian Uprising on the Rio Grande: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680" by Franklin Folsom. Join fellow readers for a...

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