I bounce around a bit at all two of the Parks in RI, but mostly I am up in the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor that runs from Providence to Worcester.
You are right about the attempt to broaden the story as much as possible. In fact if you are truly interested, the link about Civil War to Civil Rights is the NPS Midwest region’s plan on how to do this. This sums up where they are coming from on the broadening of themes - though there will still be plenty of powder shot off at battlefields over the next 4 years.
"Disregarding the contemporary Civil Rights Movement that was seen by many as a direct legacy of the war, the commemoration events frequently centered around battle reenactments. In response to the threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the
commemoration trumpeted the democracy that not only survived such a conflict but grew into a world power. Failure to discuss the context of the war or the modern clashes over civil rights resulted in lost opportunities for citizens to discover the war’s relevance and meaning to their own lives.
Heeding the lessons learned from mistakes made during the centennial celebration, this plan has been developed through the efforts of a diverse group of individuals and organizations. Those encouraged to participate in the commemoration (not a celebration) of the sesquicentennial are varied and numerous, just as the interpretation of the Civil War has expanded to include its causes, battles, consequences, and legacy."