Zither is more than just a word used for the letter Z in Scrabble! Learn about this beautiful instrument, the zither, and the man that made them popular in the 1800’s. Read about the history of a man who found the “American Dream” in the late 1800’s when he and his wife came to America. The lesson combines history, music, language arts, and geography. The Zither King tells the story of the man, Franz Schwarzer, who came to America in 1864 from Austria. Franz became famous worldwide in 1873 when he won the Gold Medal of Progress at the Vienna Exposition. The Zither King tells his story through the eyes of a ten year old boy, Ulysses.