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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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Summer Camps at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

Experience Tucson's history at the Presidio Museum's Summer Camps! 1) Archaeology Camp, June 5-9, 2023, ages 9-14; 2) The Cultures of Tucson Camp, June 12-16, 2023, ages 8-1; 3) Living History & Re-enactment Camp, June 19-23, 2023 ages 7-14. For more information...

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Archaeology Talks at Mission Garden

                     On Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., head over to Mission Garden to hear "Archaeology Talks" by archaeologists Homer Thiel and Allen Denoyer. Homer and Allen have decades of experience between them in the archaeology of the...

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“Living History Day” at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson

You are invited to "Living History Day: The Trades, Skills, Arts, and Crafts of the Southwest" at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Presidio Museum comes alive allowing visitors to get a feel for life in...

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