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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…

Birth of the American Southwest: The Oñate Expedition

The El Paso Museum of History presents "Birth of the American Southwest: The Oñate Expedition" on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM. This free talk will be given by Al Borrego, who will discuss Oñate's colonization of New Mexico in 1598. The El Paso Museum of...

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Anza International Society 2018 Conference

The 23rd Annual International Conference of the Anza Society will be held May 17-20, 2018 in Taos, New Mexico at the Sagebrush Inn.The Anza Society's annual conference provides scholarly and personal presentations in either the United States or Mexico where Juan...

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