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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…

“Who are the Sobaipuri O’odham?”

If you missed the lecture "Who are the Sobaipuri O'odham?" on November 16th, you have two more opportunities. 1) Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:00-3:30 pm at the Tubac Presidio State Park (1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ), and 2) Saturday, January 13, 1:00-3:30 pm at the Arizona...

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Edited Volume Wins Award

The 2017 edited volume New Mexico and the Pimería Alta, published by University Press of Colorado, recently was awarded the Arizona Literary Award (non-fiction category) by the Arizona Author's Association. Edited by John G. Douglass and William M. Graves, this volume...

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