Founded in 1965, the Southwestern Mission Research Center (SMRC) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the cause of supporting Spanish Borderlands research and education. Our mission tours provide a means of introducing people to the history and culture of the Pimera Alta, in the Sonoran Desert. Proceeds from these tours enable us to sponsor important scholarship on a broader level, assist with publications, and promote education, as well as engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities. They also help to support publication of the SMRC Revista, a quarterly newsletter/magazine offering news, feature articles, and reviews.
Additional revenue supporting SMRC’s work comes from SMRC’s seven categories of membership. Members receive a one-year subscription to the SMRC Revista.
SMRC mission tours feature the mission churches in Sonora, Mexico — Caborca, Pitiquito, Oquitoa, Atil, Tubatama, Magdalena, St. Ignacio, and Cocóspera — travel by bus (smoke-free and restroom-equipped), and typically consist of groups of 32 people, although private tours can be accommodated. Tour prices include transportation, two nights lodging, two margarita parties, all meals and refreshments en route.
People who are interested in a tour of the mission churches, membership to the research center, or in the history surrounding Mission Churches.
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Southwestern Mission Research Center
Welcome! The Southwestern Mission Research Center is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization 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, as well as engage in cooperative restoration projects with the mission communities.
Explore our website to learn more about Spanish Colonial Missions and the work of the Southwestern Mission Research Center.
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