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…
Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and restoring Mission San Xavier, will be featuring a special preview of PBS's In the Americas with David Yetman Season 7 Premier - "Father Kino's Path to Mission San Xavier." This benefit will be held on...read more
Arizona Pathfinders Brown Bag meeting on October 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm, will feature a presentation on Mission San Xavier titled "San Xavier del Bac: Little-Known Lore from 1692 to Date. David Carter, designer/builder, will discuss many little-known facts about this...read more
Enjoy "An Evening in the Presidio District" at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 5:00pm. This progressive dinner and fundraiser includes a tequila tasting, appetizer, and historic demonstrations at the Presidio Museum. Afterwards,...read more