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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…

SICRAT 2021 Virtual Seminars May 27-June 24, 2021

The NPS Vanishing Treasures Program, in partnership with University of Arizona, University of New Mexico and Cornerstones Community Partnerships, is pleased to announce SICRAT 2021, a series of virtual seminars on critical topics in the conservation of earthen...

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Arrest Made in Mission San Gabriel Fire

UPDATE: After an eight-month investigation, authorities recently announced that an arrest has been made following the July 11, 2020 fire at Mission San Gabriel in California. The suspect has been charged with four felony counts including two arson related. Shock waves...

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