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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…

A Pueblo Narrative of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 is one of the most well-known events in New Mexico's history. On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm, John Gahate will discuss why and how the Pueblos revolted against Spanish occupation in New Mexico. This free presentation will be held at...

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Presentation on Colonial New Mexico Families

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Suzanne Stamatov will give a presentation titled "Colonial New Mexico Families: Community, Church and State 1692-1800." The title is from her book of the same name, which will be available after the meeting. This free event will be held...

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