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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.


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2022 Summer Camps at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Throughout the month of June, Presidio San Agustin del Tucson will be offering five summer camps for children ranging in ages 8 to 17. The summer camps include Theater/Re-enactment, Cultures of Tucson, Archaeology, and two sessions of Live History. Camp participants...

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“Walking the Wall of the Presidio” Walking Tour

On Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 9:00-10:00 am., Presidio San Agustin del Tucson will be leading the "Walking the Wall of the Original Presidio" tour. Discover how large the original Presidio wall was with this one-hour walk through downtown Tucson, while learning the...

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