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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…

Tumacacori O’odham Tash

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, Tumacacori will hold its second annual "O'odham Tash" in celebration of the legacy and heritage of the O'odham people, who built this mission, worked the fields, and raised livestock. Between 10:00 and 1:00, visitors will be able to observe...

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2018 Arizona History Convention

The 2018 Arizona History Convention will be held April 26-18, 2018 in Tempe, AZ at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe). Join scholars and avocational historians for workshops, field trips, paper presentations, and discussions of topics,...

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