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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…

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project Presentation

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Talks presents "Re-thinking 17th century New Mexico" on June 26, 2018. Scott Ortman will review archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic evidence to examine why certain elements of Spanish culture were incorporated into Pueblo tradition...

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Annual Fiesta Historical Parade in Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park will partner with the California Missions Foundation in participating in the Fiesta Historical Parade on Friday August 3, 2018. Considered to be one of the largest...

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Presidio Archaeology Camp at the Santa Barbara Presidio

  Registration is now open for "Presidio Archaeology Camp" at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. From July 9-13, 2018, children ages 11-15 will discover how archaeologists study and interpret clues of life at the presidio during the Spanish...

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