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…
The Center for Southwest Research of University of New Mexico's (UNM) Zimmerman Library, as part of their People and Places Lecture Series, will present "Off by Half a World: The Coronado Expedition at Cibola, July 1540." This free virtual lecture will be presented by...read more
If you missed Dr. Marie Duggan's well-received webinar presentation on December 10 about "Jose de la Guerra's Commerce with Asia and Liverpool at Mexican Independence," you can now view it here at...read more
As everyone continues to adapt with the times, CMF will be hosting a Virtual Field Trip to the California Missions and Presidios for every fourth grader in the state. It will truly be a special day on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. This private...read more