7 Questions with Angus Teague, Community Historian
As well as being a history major at Georgia State University, he is the program committee chair for the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton counties and a local historian in the city of McDonough and Henry County. He is the creator and administrator of several Facebook pages on local history, and he leads history walking tours and has participated in several historical re-enactment events.
1. How and/or when did you get you hooked on history?
I became interested in history through listening to stories older family members have told me. My great grandfather was a cotton farmer in Hiram, Georgia, and was known for his many stories that he would tell at family gatherings and get-togethers. My great-great-uncle on my father’s side of the family was the first County historian for Union County, Georgia. Even though I never knew these men personally, I felt like I inherited their love for stories and history; they are two people I aspire to live up to. The reason that I am so fond of Henry County’s past is because of the ancestral roots my mother’s family has in the Henry County community. My sixth great grandfather Emanuel Teal was given a land grant in Henry county in 1830 for his service in the American Revolution.
2.What role does history play or has it played in your personal life?
History plays a role in how I view the world; dwelling in the past is not the worst thing. Dwelling in the past gives you a perspective that others might not have.
3. How will history play a part of your professional life/career?
It has played a role in how I view everyday life, especially when working with local governments, which is the career I am wanting to pursue. Being able to know the history of these legislative acts helps you understand the current power structure.
4. Why is studying/knowing history important?
Learning history is important because we as citizens need to know the roots of our institutions. Not knowing this hinders you from reaching your potential.
5. What is your favorite period or aspect of history to learn about and why?
My favorite period of history to learn about is the Era of Good Feelings (about 1815-1825). So many things occurred throughout the United States in this period that played a role in future events such as the Civil War
6. What history related projects are you working on currently?
I am currently working on a history book about the city council in McDonough, Ga. I am proud to be working with some of the trailblazers in my hometown who broke through barriers to be elected to their positions.
7. What advice do you have for people who may be interested in learning their own local history?
Find something that interests you. Don’t just dive into the whole subject of history. Find something that brings you joy when researching it, and go from there.