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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…

14th Annual Pueblo Independence Day

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the 14th Annual Pueblo Independence Day Celebration will take place at the Jemez Historic Site. This free event will take place from 7am-5pm beginning with a pilgrimage run from Jemez Pueblo plaza to Jemez Historic Site. Other activities...

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San Ysidro Exhibit in Albuquerque

San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers and gardeners, takes center stage in an exhibit which opened on April 21, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The exhibit, titled “Outstanding in His Field: San Ysidro –...

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Brescia Awarded Chair in History by Colorado Mesa University

The 2018 Wayne N. Aspinall Chair in History will take Dr. Michael M. Brescia to the Grand Junction university in the spring of 2018 to teach a course on the intersection of history and law. The award also involves giving a major public lecture, other invited...

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