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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…

Tucson’s Birthday Party and Happy Hour

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson will celebrate Tucson's birthday on Monday, August 20, 2018 at La Cocina Restaurant (201 N. Court Ave.) from 5:00-7:30 pm. The celebration includes a happy hour (no host bar and taco bar), live performances by Los Changuitos Feos and...

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Heritage Party at Tucson’s Birthplace!

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, spend an evening at Mission Garden celebrating Tucson's cultural, agricultural and culinary diversity with heritage foods, delicious sweets, drinks and live music with Pedro y los Liricos. This event will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at...

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Lecture at New Mexico History Museum

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, author Dr. Linda Tigges will discuss her research and publication "Spanish Colonial Women and the Law: Complaints, Lawsuits and Criminal Behavior." This free event will be held in the auditorium at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln...

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