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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…

Spanish Presidios in the American Revolutionary War

Join George C. Garcia of the NM Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and learn about Spain's support of the American Revolution. Discover how Santa Fe's Presidio soldiers contributed to the cause for American independence. This free presentation will be held...

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“Nomadic Tribes of the Rio Grande Valley”

On Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) presents a free lecture by Lindsay Montgomery about "Nomadic Tribes of the Rio Grande Valley." Providing a critique of big picture history using the Comanche as a case study, Montgomery...

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“Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour”

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, join along in the "Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour," starting at El Presidito working artists studios and Tubac School of Fine Art, 4 Calle Iglesia (at Burruel St.), in Tubac, AZ. From 10am to 3pm, you can get a close-up view of...

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