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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…

“Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution”

The Saturday Salon and Saloon Lecture Series, sponsored by the Tucson Presidio Trust, will feature "Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution" presented by Letty Rodella. On Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm, come by the Dusty Monk Pub at La Cocina (201 N....

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Events at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum

See what's going on at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum! On February 9 from 10:00-3:00, "Statehood Celebration," celebrating Arizona's journey from being a territory of New Spain to the 48th U.S. state. Also, on March 9 from 10:00-3:00, "Columbian Exchange:...

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Arizona State Museum Open House During Tucson Festival of Books

Come get to know your State Museum! In celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month and as part of the Tucson Festival of Books, you'll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to meet curators, visit laboratories, and tour collections areas in...

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