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.
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Tubac Presidio’s Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series – “The Corner of the Province: A 1780 Reconnaissance through Southern Arizona”
Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: The Corner of the Province: A 1780 Reconnaissance through Southern Arizona by Archaeologist Dr. Deni Seymour - Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2 – 3 pm. In April 1780, Military Governor Ugarte and Chief Engineer Rocha were sent on...read more
A guided tour of Barrio de Tubac Archaeological site will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 11 am to 2 pm. This special tour of the Spanish colonial archaeological site, just south of the Park, includes residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial...read more
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) Lecture Series presents "Tierra Perdida: New Mexico's Piro and Tiwa Provinces, ca. 1650-1700" by Michael Bletzer. Documentary and archaeological evidence dispels popular notion that many Piros and Tiwas had a...read more