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 Arizona State Museum's (ASM) Master Class program presents "Animals and Human Society in World History" scheduled on May 10, 12, 14, 17, and 19, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. (Arizona time). These Zoom presentations will be taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of...read more
On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 10:30-11:30 (via Zoom), join Patronato Executive Director Miles Green and Patronato’s Preservation Architect Bob Vint for an exciting update on the East Tower's conservation as it moves into a 12-month completion phase. In addition to...read more
On Saturday February 20, 2021, Tubac Presidio State Historic will host “Father Eusebio Francisco Kino” Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presentation by Jack Lasseter on the picnic grounds at 1 Burruel Street, Tubac, Arizona. This will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. - fee...read more