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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…

“O’Conors of Connacht” Lecture at Tucson’s Presidio

Dr. Kieran O'Conor, descendant of Hugo O'Conor, will be giving a special lecture on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson's museum patio (196 N. Court St.). Dr. O'Conor, an archaeologist at the National University of Ireland, Galway,...

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AAHS Tour of Mission San Xavier del Bac

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, join the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) for a personalized tour of the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac, located 10 miles south of downtown Tucson at the village of Wa:k (San Xavier District) on the Tohono O'odham...

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AAHS Field Trips to Mission Garden and Tumamoc Hill

  Join AAHS on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for an in-depth visit to Tucson's Mission Garden and Tumamoc Hill starting at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Journey back in time to 4,000 years to learn how and what crops were grown and the Spanish introduction of Old World foods...

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