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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…

S.E.G.H.S. Annual History Conference

The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society (S.E.G.H.S.) will be holding their annual conference on April 27-29, 2018 in El Paso. Since the arrival of the Oñate Expedition took place in April 1598, the conference is held at this time, on the last Saturday of...

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GSHA 2018 Conference

The Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA) will hold their annual conference August 17-19, 2018 in Pueblo, Colorado. This year's conference theme is "Walking the Paths of Our Ancestors: Maps, Migrations and Destinations." For conference information go to:...

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