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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.


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“Arizona Entertainment, Spaniards to Statehood”

On Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson presents their "Salon and Saloon Lecture Series" featuring historian Jim Turner's "Arizona Entertainment, Spaniards to Statehood." This presentation will take place at Dusty Monk Pub at La Cocina (201 N....

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Researcher Analyze Copper Collections at Arizona History Museum

In July, the Arizona History Museum welcomed Dr. Russell Skowronek from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and his colleague Richard Johnson to research items in the Arizona Historical Society collections made of copper from the Spanish colonial frontier. Using...

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