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…
On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) People and Places Fall 2021 Lecture presents "Translating History through Poetry: The Mexican Inquisition & Crypto Jewish Memory" by Rachel Kaufman. This free lecture will be on Zoom at...read more
"Celebrating All Things Tucson/S-cuk-son" is a free event highlighting the variety of cultures that make Tucson what it is today. This will be held on Friday, August 20 beginning at 6:15 p.m., at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave, Tucson....read more
In March of 2021, the Patronato San Xavier began the second phase of work on the east tower of Mission San Xavier del Bac. The work on the east tower, which will take about a year, will involve the removal of most of the cement-based plaster on the exterior, which has...read more