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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…

“Whose History is it Anyway?”

Dr. Joseph P. Sanchez, Director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center, will be giving a presentation "Whose History Is It Anyway?" focusing on Spanish colonial documents from Spain and Mexico and what they reveal about the history of Native Americans and Hispanics....

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Classes in Spanish Colcha Embroidery

Starting March 30, 2019, there will be an 8-week course at Northern New Mexico College in Española, NM, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, all about Spanish colcha embroidery. Taught by Loretta Atencio, participants will learn the history and techniques of colcha, and...

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Spring Concert at Mission San Xavier

Patronato's Spring Concert at Mission San Xavier will feature tenor, Carlos Zapien on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Carlos Zapien will be accompanied by Albert Sarko (piano), Misael Barraza Diaz (guitar), and special guests Mariachi Sonido de Mexico. Tickets are...

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