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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…

“Fiesta of Cultures”

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can enjoy New Mexico's diverse and unique cultures with Native American dances, Conquistador reenactors, arts and crafts, archaeology demonstrations, live animals, and more. This event will be held at the...

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New Mexico History Museum Presents a Fiesta Symposium

On Wednesday, September 6 from 10:30am-4:30pm, the New Mexico History Museum will host a Fiesta Symposium focusing on the history of the Pueblo Revolt, the Reconquest, and the Fiesta. This event will include presentations that offer a substantive look into various...

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“Botanas, Bebidas and Birthday Cake”

Celebrate Tucson's 4,000+ Birthday at Mission Garden. With your support Mission Garden's annual fundraising event keeps getting more and more delightful as the Garden grows! Don't miss it this year! Spend an evening in the Garden with Friends of Tucson's Birthplace:...

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