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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…

Tumacacori Celebrates “Festival Kino”

As part of Sonora's annual "Festival Kino" event, Tumacacori National Historical Park will join the celebration by hosting classical guitarist Ignacio Mondaca Garcia on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. This solo program will be held inside the historic mission...

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4th Annual San Ysidro Festival at Tucson’s Mission Garden

Friends of Tucson's Birthplace (FOTB) invites you to the 4th Annual San Ysidro Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at Tucson's Mission Garden. This traditional Tucson farmer's festival will include music, dancing, blessings, ceremonial wheat...

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